By: Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (22-16, 11-11 PBC) finished game one of the weekend series against the Armstrong State University Pirates (15-24, 6-19 PBC) with a 12-8 win after breaking through a tied game.
The Bobcats established an early lead against the Pirates when they plated five runs in the first inning of the contest. The scoring began with a grand slam by shortstop Brandon Benson (Loganville). Senior Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) followed Benson's home run with one of his own, rounding the bases for the fifth run of the inning. The Pirates pulled ahead in the third after picking up three runs in both the second and third inning after being kept scoreless in the first. Georgia College then tied up the game in the fourth when Garrett Green (Bogart) crossed the plate.
Following an uneventful fifth, Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) sent a runner home. Catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville) added another run for the Bobcats in the sixth with a single to centerfield. The Bobcats continued halt the Pirate advance before freshman Wesley Wommack (Monroe) earned his first RBI of the day. The penultimate inning was scoreless, but the Bobcats added to their lead in the ninth, putting up three runs with two coming from a double that Cook sent out to the outfield. The Pirates then gained two more runs, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Bobcats' lead and Georgia College saw another conference victory, 12-8.
Shortstop Benson led the Bobcats in their win against Armstrong with four RBIs coming from his early grand slam. Cook picked up three RBIs of his own followed by Logan Mattix (Loganville) who earned two. Wommack, Purcell, and Giesel rounded out the total score with one RBI apiece.
Reliever Cameron Busby (Grovetown) was tagged with today's win. Busby totaled five strikeouts against the Pirates while only allowing a single hit. After Busby's five and a third innings on the mound, Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) stepped in during the last inning and struck out three of the Armstrong State batters.
The series between the Bobcats and the Pirates continues tomorrow, April 17, will a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
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