By Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (17-12) took a second victory this season from Newberry College (24-10-1) after the Bobcats established an early lead. Newberry could only break through the Bobcats' defense in one inning, and Georgia College left the field with a 9-2 win Tuesday at John Kurtz Field.
Two-time AstroTurf/Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Week Wesley Wommack (Monroe) set up an explosive start for the Bobcats when he sent a bomb over the Wolves in the outfield as the first batter for Georgia College. Wommack's home run was followed by a scoreless inning before Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) added three runs with his 11th home run this season. After Newberry was kept from scoring in the fourth, Logan Mattix (Loganville) sent two teammates across the plate with a single to center field.
Newberry went on to grab their first runs in the fifth inning after back-to-back Bobcat errors allowed two Wolves to lope toward home. The Bobcats picked up another run in the sixth from a sac fly from Brandon Purcell (Glennville). The Wolves continued to remain scoreless before Cook picked up two more RBIs in the eighth off a double. Newberry's final inning saw three batters ground out one after the other and the Bobcats earned another win, 9-2.
Second baseman Cook earned the top spot for the Bobcats this game with five RBIs from his home run and double. Mattix went 4-for-5 and had two RBIs tonight while Wommack and Purcell each hade one of their own. Wommack and Mattix tied at three for runs against Newberry.
Senior Conner Alford (Macon) picked up tonight's win which brings his record up to 2-1. The starting pitcher had three stikeouts across his five innings, only giving up four hits while on the mound. Alford kept the Wolves scoreless for four innings, only giving up two runs in his final inning.
Georgia College travels to Florence, S.C., for their next game to take on Francis Marion University. The contest between the Bobcats and the Patriots is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
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