COLUMBUS, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (11-10, 6-6 PBC) faced a third loss in the weekend series against the No. 10 Columbus State University Cougars (20-4, 8-1 PBC). The Bobcats could not break through the Cougars' pitching and were stonewalled throughout all nine innings which lead to a 9-0 victory for Columbus State.
The Cougars began their scoring after an uneventful first inning. A sacrifice fly in the second inning saw the Bobcats trailing by one. Columbus State increased their lead in the third when a home run added two more runs to the Cougar's score. Starter Trevor Guthrie (Cumming) and a strong Bobcat defense kept Columbus State from scoring in the fourth and fifth, with only three Cougars getting a turn at the bat in each inning. After a walked batter and two hits, reliever Cameron Busby (Grovetown) was sent to finish up the scoreless sixth.
However, the Cougars regrouped and tallied three runs in the following inning. Columbus State pushed ahead even further in the eighth with two home runs before shutting down Bobcat batters in the top of the ninth. Columbus state took the 9-0 victory and Georgia College left the field with their third loss on the weekend.
Sophomore Guthrie took the loss for the Bobcats after pitching just under six innings, lowering his record to 0-1. He surrendered just two hits to the Columbus State batters, but allowed three runs and a home run.
The Bobcats' offense was stifled this game, as they only notched five hits against the Cougars with no Georgia College player recording more than a single hit. The Bobcats were shut out for the first time this season, and the first time in over a calendar year. The last shutout came Feb. 28, 2015 at USC Aiken, a 1-0 loss, a massive 59-game stretch.
The Bobcats return home for the next game Wednesday, March 16, where they will take on the Clark Atlanta University Panthers at 3 p.m.
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