By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Student Assistant
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (11-9, 6-5 PBC) dropped another conference battle on the road against rivals No. 10 Columbus State University (19-4, 7-1 PBC) Saturday after the second straight double digit scoring and extra inning game of the weekend series.
The Bobcats and Cougars collectively put a massive 62 runs up on the scoreboard after just two games in the three-game series at Ragsdale Field. Saturday's afternoon game brought 14 batters home in the last three regulation innings alone, trying up the game at 17-17 and forcing the game into one more inning.
The Bobcats had a series of impressive at-bats, racking up 17 runs against the No. 10 Cougar defense. Georgia College filtered through its lineup almost a complete six times through nine innings. Sophomore Brandon Purcell (Glennville) started the engines for the Bobcats. Leading off after a one-two-three top of the first and Cougar five-run bottom of the first, Purcell slammed one deep right center for a solo homerun, his fifth on the season. After a quiet second and third innings teammate Brandon Benson (Loganville) followed suit, smacking a two RBI left-field homer and bringing the score to a manageable 5-3 deficit.
The biggest action for the Bobcats came at the top of the eighth. Down by ten runs, senior Brandon Cody (San Clemente, California) sailed a two-run double that would set up the Bobcats' monstrous nine-run inning. Cody came home himself on a wild pitch after a ground-out from sophomore John Davis (Marietta) scored Benson. Freshman Wesley Wommack (Monroe) scored once senior Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) singled. Senior Tanner Geisel (Naperville, Illinois) added to the Bobcat domination with a two-out grand slam, bringing in Purcell, Cook and sophomore Logan Mattix (Loganville). Down by two going into the top of the ninth, a Mattix three-run homer gave the Bobcats' their first lead of the game.
With all the action at the plate, Geisel left the field leading the team in RBIs while Cody and Purcell had three runs a piece of their own.
Right-handed sophomore Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) started off on the mound for the Bobcats and pitched a solid 5 2/3 innings despite allowing 10 runs and 11 hits, two of which were home run bombs. Hecht controlled the game from the mound after the first inning where he halted the Cougars at the plate for the next three innings. Junior Kane Keith (Hoganville) took over for Hetch after another homerun in the fifth brought two more around. In the inning-and-a-third pitched by Keith, the Cougars put five on and brought five in. Junior Kyle Ward (Rincon) replaced Keith on the hill for one inning and allowed one run before the third reliever of the afternoon, senior Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona), came out of the bullpen. Gammon recorded another inning for the Bobcats but could not stop the Cougars from scoring one runner.
The Bobcat loss goes to junior Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas) who took the ball in the tenth inning. The lead-off batter for Khan quickly singled and walked around the corners after hit and walked batters. A sacrifice fly brought home the Cougar leader for the victory.
The Bobcats look to hold off the sweep as they take on Columbus for a third time to finish off the series. First pitch in Columbus is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
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