Boxscore Game 1: http://www.gcbobcats.com/sports/bsb/2015-16/boxscores/20160417_tcm2.xml
Boxscore Game 2: http://www.gcbobcats.com/sports/bsb/2015-16/boxscores/20160417_bp3c.xml
By Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (24-16, 13-11 PBC) picked up two more conference wins after Sunday's doubleheader at the Armstrong State University Pirates (15-26, 6-21 PBC). The doubleheader victories also gave the Bobcats a three-game series sweep over the Pirates this weekend.
The first game had a slow start with three scoreless innings before Armstrong State gained an early lead. The Bobcats were kept from scoring while the Pirates picked up three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. Georgia College started climbing out of the hole in the sixth when catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennvile) plated the team's first run with a double to leftfield. Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) followed his teammate's example, doubling to right to add another run to the board. Three Pirate batters came and went back-to-back before Wesley Wommack (Monroe) clubbed his sixth home run of the season. However, the Pirates put up another run in the seventh and held their two-run lead through a scoreless eighth. Second baseman Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) tied up the game in the final inning with a two-run home run before Matthew Miller (Escondido, California) gave the Bobcats a late-game lead with a double to right center. Georgia College stopped the Pirates from regaining the lead in the bottom half and the Bobcats had their first victory of the day, 6-5.
Cook gave an awesome performance in game one, hitting 5-for-5 which included a home run and a double. The second baseman earned two RBIs and racked up an impressive four stolen bases. Wommack had the only other home run of the game and an RBI of his own.
Today's first win was given to reliever Cameron Busby (Grovetown), boosting his record to 8-2. Busby pitched just under three full innings, giving up just one hit and striking out two batters. Senior righty Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) got the final three outs for his sixth save.
Game two had a similar start to the first when the Pirates picked up an early lead in the first inning before a scoreless second. Miller put up the first Georgia College run in the third with a single, but Armstrong State immediately broke the tie when they added two runs. Green narrowed the score gap in the fourth by plating a run on a sac fly in the fourth. The Pirate lead held through two more scoreless innings, Georgia College then surged ahead with four runs in the seventh. After an uneventful eighth, Logan Mattix (Loganville) sent a fellow Bobcat home when he doubled down the leftfield line. He later crossed the plate when Purcell singled to right and earned the final RBI of the game. The Bobcats left Savannah with a third and final victory, 8-3.
Rightfielder Miller led the team in scoring for the second game with two RBIs. Junior Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) earned his first RBI of the weekend in this final game against the Pirates; Cook, Green, Mattix and Purcell each had a single RBI apiece. Mattix and Purcell each had a pair of stolen bases while Cook and Miller tallied one each.
Trevor Guthrie (Cumming) was tagged with the second win of today's doubleheader. Guthrie (2-3) held the mound for six innings, striking out three batters while giving up just three runs. Reliever Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas) had a single inning to his name, but struck out two Pirates during that time.
The Bobcats will be on the road for their next game when the take on Erskine College Tuesday, April 19. The non-conference matchup is slated to begin at 3 p.m.
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