Bobcat Baseball Wins One, Drops One in Doubleheader against Patriots

Bobcat Baseball Wins One, Drops One in Doubleheader against Patriots

Boxscore Game 1: http://www.gcbobcats.com/sports/bsb/2015-16/boxscores/20160403_ebtf.xml
Boxscore Game 2: http://www.gcbobcats.com/sports/bsb/2015-16/boxscores/20160403_zgrd.xml
By Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant

 

FLORENCE, S.C. – Georgia College Baseball (19-13, 9-9 PBC) split Sunday's doubleheader against the Francis Marion University Patriots (20-15, 8-10 PBC). The Bobcats ended the first game with a 7-4 win, but the Patriots took game two, 15-10.

The first game of the day started out peacefully with two scoreless innings, but the Patriots put the first run on the board at the bottom of the third. The Bobcats fired back to put up their first run in the fourth thanks to a home run from Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) that went over the fence in right field. The following inning, the Bobcats brought in six runs, three coming from a home run by catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville, Georgia). The Patriots tried to regain the lead by grabbing three runs in the sixth, but neither team put up any runs in the final three innings and the Bobcats won the first game, 7-4.

Mattix and Purcell tied for the Georgia College top spot; each Bobcat had three RBIs and a home run in the first game against the Patriots. Leftfielder Garrett Green (Bogart, Georgia) also had one RBI from a single in the fifth inning.

Starter Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek, Georgia) pitched an impressive seven innings and kept the Patriots scoreless for five of them. After striking out five batters, Hecht was tagged with the win, bringing his record to 4-2. Reliever Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) earned his fifth save when he was sent to the mound in the final inning and struck out two batters.

Game two of the doubleheader started off with Georgia College putting up the first run after a fielding error from the Patriots allowed a Bobcat to cross the plate. Following a scoreless second, a sac fly from Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) sent Mattix home for the second run of the game. The Patriots picked up their first run before a fourth-inning home run by Brandon Benson (Loganville, Georgia) extended the Bobcat lead. However, the Bobcats were bumped off the pedestal when the Patriots added four runs in the fifth and six in the sixth while Georgia College was kept from plating another run.

A silent seventh was the calm before storm that was the eighth inning. Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) kicked off the inning with a home run that went past left field and brought in three runs. The next Bobcat batter, Matthew Miller (Escondido, California), cracked a second home run out of the park and rounded the bags alone. Mattix sent in another runner with a double before a walked batter and a fielding error allowed the Bobcats to earn a total of seven runs in the eighth. Francis Marion responded with four runs, and after the Bobcats could not break through their defense in the final inning, the Patriots avoided the sweep with a win of their own, 15-10.

Georgia College first baseman Giesel led the team in game two with all three of his RBIs coming from his home run. Benson and Miller had the only other home runs for the Bobcats. Cook and Mattix each had a double, and Mattix had the only triple on the team.

Though starter Trevor Guthrie (Cumming, Georgia) was tagged with the loss (1-2), he reached five strikeouts before leaving the mound after just over four innings. Reliever Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas) was the only Bobcat pitcher to have no runs to his name in the final game of the series.

The Bobcats will stay on the road for their next contest when they take on the Albany State University Golden Rams Tuesday, April 5, at 4 p.m.

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