By Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
FLORENCE, S.C. – Georgia College Baseball (18-12, 8-8 PBC) took their first win of the weekend from the Francis Marion University Patriots (19-14, 7-9 PBC) after a rain delay pushed the three-game series back one day. The teams kept the score relatively close throughout the game, but the Bobcats pushed ahead and earned a 13-10 victory.
The Bobcats got an early lead when they scored three runs in the first two innings, which included a triple from freshman Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia). However, the Patriots charged forward in the bottom of second and took the lead after two singles and a home run put six runs on the scoreboard. The Bobcats were not daunted by the Patriots' blitz and regained their lead by tallying five more runs in the third. Bookended by a scoreless fourth and sixth, Wommack put himself across the plate with a home run in the fifth and Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) added a second run for the inning by sending a teammate home with a double. Left fielder Garrett Green (Bogart, Georgia) left his mark in the seventh inning when he cracked the ball over the heads of the Francis Marion outfielders for a home run. Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) added the final two runs for the Bobcats in the eighth inning with a home run of his own. The Patriots tried to recover during their final at-bat by putting two across the plate, but the Bobcats did not allow any additional runs and claimed the win, 13-10.
First baseman Giesel led Georgia College in RBIs, earning four while going 3-for-5 at-bat. Wommack, the designated hitter, totaled three RBIs tonight and Green followed with two; both freshman had a single home run each against the Patriots.
Cameron Busby (Grovetown, Georgia), who came to the mound in the second inning, was tagged with today's win bringing his record up to 6-2. The sophomore reliever pitched just over five innings, recording three strikeouts while only allowing two runs.
The Bobcats and the Patriots return to the field for a doubleheader tomorrow, April 3. The first game is set to kick off at 1 p.m.
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