By Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (21-14, 10-10 PBC) made up for Friday's loss today when they recorded a 12-2 victory against No. 14 Lander University (31-10, 18-8 PBC). In the audience to witness today's conference victory were members of the 2006 Georgia College Baseball team who were honored for the 10th anniversary as the first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Champions in program history.
The Bobcats displayed strong defense early in the game, ending the first Bearcat at-bat with a double play. Lander assisted in putting up the first run for Georgia College when a walked batter plated a Bobcat while the bases were loaded. Matthew Miller (Escondido, California) added two more runs with a double sent to left field. Both teams were kept scoreless during innings two through four, due in no small part to heavy winds deadening deep flies. However, freshman Wesley Wommack (Monroe) fought the through the gale, ripping a home run over the rightfield fence for his first hit of the game.
The Bearcats tried to regroup after the Bobcats' early lead when they got a foothold of two runs in the sixth, but Georgia College prevented any further runs from Lander. Miller then got his third RBI of the game when he blasted a long ball over the heads of the Bearcats. After another runner came in on a wild pitch, Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) plated the final run of the sixth with a ball sent though the right side. A silent seventh inning and a scoreless eighth for Lander passed before the GC squad resumed their onslaught. Logan Mattix (Loganville) pushed in the first run of the inning by breaking through the left side. Brandon Purcell (Glennville) let in two teammates by exploiting the hole in the left side as well. Finally, Miller singled up the middle, earning his fourth RBI and the final run of the game. The Bobcats continued to keep the Bearcats from scoring in the final inning and Georgia College earned its first victory this weekend, 12-2.
Miller led the Bobcats in scoring against the Bearcats going 3-for-5 with four RBIs; he was followed closely by Purcell with three RBIs and two runs. Wommack, Mattix, Cook, and Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) rounded out the team's score with each Bobcat picking up a single RBI.
Starter Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) bumped up his record to 5-2 after the victory against Lander. The right-handed sophomore struck out two while only giving up two runs over five innings. Cameron Busby (Grovetown) kept Lander scoreless the following three innings with one strike out and a single hit. Senior reliever Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) finished out the game pitching a single, final inning where struck out the final two batters to end the game.
The Bobcats and the Bearcats will wrap up the weekend series with a final game tomorrow, April 10. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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