By Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
MONTEVALLO, Ala. – After a slight delay due to inclement weather, the weekend series between Georgia College Baseball (12-12, 6-8 PBC) and the University of Montevallo (16-12, 9-5 PBC) began with a doubleheader. The Bobcats could not hold down the Falcon offense and faced an 11-4 loss in game one and a 14-3 loss in the second.
The Bobcats had a binary scoreboard in game one with four single-run innings and five with none. Second baseman Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) sent in the first run for Georgia College, but the Falcons soared ahead at the first opportunity with a three-run home run in the first. The Bobcats were then kept scoreless for four innings while the Falcons added four more runs from a grand slam in the fourth. After three quick outs from Montevallo in the bottom of the fifth, Cook earned his second RBI in the game when he cracked the ball over the fence. The Falcons were kept scoreless for two more innings before Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) rounded the bases on his own home run in the eighth. However, the Falcons picked up three more runs before the Bobcats' final at-bat. Montevallo failed to give up any more runs to Georgia College and the Falcons had their first victory of the day, 11-4.
Georgia College's offense was suppressed this contest, achieving only eight hits from the 31 at-bats. Cook led the team in RBIs having sent in half of the runs scored. Rightfielder Brandon Cody (San Clemente, Californina) and Mattix were right behind with one RBI each. Cook was the lone multi-hit performer as well, going 2-for-3.
The second game began similarly to the first with the Falcons taking an early lead. While Montevallo kept Georgia College scoreless for the first three innings, the Falcons raked in eight runs which included three home runs in the third inning. Shortstop Brandon Benson (Loganville, Georgia) kicked off Georgia College scoring in the top of the fourth with a two-run home run sent past the rightfield fence, but the Falcons doubled his performance with four runs in the bottom of the inning. After a silent sixth, the seventh inning was marked with a home run from catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville, Georgia). But the Bobcats could not break out of the Falcons' blockade in the final three innings and Montevallo added another win, 14-3.
The Bobcat's offense was comparable to that of the first game with eight hits from 36 times at the plate. Benson and Purcell were the only two Bobcats to have RBIs with Benson leading the team with two. Benson went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run, all coming on the home run. Purcell also finished with a pair of hits in five trips.
Freshman reliever Matthew Heard (Cumming, Georgia) had his second scoreless outing of his young career. During his one and two-thirds innings, he struck out two Montevallo batters and had not a single hit. Jonathan McKinney (Marietta, Georgia) took the loss in game one, falling to 0-1. Sophomore Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek, Georgia) was the pitcher of record in game two (2-2).
The Bobcats continue the series in Alabama with the final game against Montevallo tomorrow, March 20, beginning at 2 p.m. eastern.
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