By Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (16-12) saw a second victory Friday against Rollins College (15-13) after the second game of this week's series. Once again, the Bobcats cemented an early lead and continued to rack up runs before taking the 16-2 victory.
While the Tars faced four scoreless innings after their initial run, the Bobcats continued to add to their lead, scoring two runs in inning three, four, and six capped off by the season's eighth home run by Logan Mattix (Loganville). The Tars earned a second run in the seventh from a sac fly to right field, which was followed by a sac fly from Brandon Benson (Loganville) in the bottom of the inning. After an uneventful eighth inning, the Tars could not break through the Bobcats' defense during their final at-bat and Georgia College took their second victory from Rollins, 16-2.
Giesel and Mattix tied for the top spot in RBIs for the Bobcats with each player bringing in three runs. Cook, Brandon Purcell (Glennville), and freshman Wesley Wommack (Monroe) each recorded two RBIs of their own. Cook, Giesel, and Mattix had a single home run each while Cook and Purcell had the only stolen bases in the game with one apiece.
Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) had a formidable eight innings on the mound. The sophomore pitcher racked up 10 strikeouts while in control of the ball; the first time a Bobcat pitcher has reach double-digits this season. Cameron Busby (Grovetown) was the last to get double-digit strikeouts, racking up 11 in last season's game against Francis Marion University March 4. Hecht only had seven hits from his nearly one hundred pitches across 31 batters faced.
Georgia College looks to sweep Rollins for when the final game of the series begins tomorrow, March 26 at noon.
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