By Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (25-16, 14-11 PBC) earned its first win of the week after defeating the Young Harris College Mountain Lions (12-33, 6-13 PBC) in the initial game of this weekend's series. While Young Harris gained an early lead, the Bobcats managed to pull ahead in the late-game and take down the Mountain Lions, 10-9.
The game began in favor of the Bobcats after the Mountain Lions were faced with three quick outs in the first inning. Catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville) plated the first run for the Bobcats with a triple sent to left center. Matthew Miller (Escondido, California) then sent Purcell home with a double to right field, establishing an early two-run lead for Georgia College. However, Young Harris immediately tied up the game with two runs from a homer in the second, then surged ahead with four more runs after a scoreless third. The Bobcats added two more runs in the fourth, but the Mountain Lions extended their lead in the fifth, grabbing three runs from a pair of doubles.
After a silent seventh passed, the Miller began to close the score gap with a triple that fell just short of going over the back wall, but was far enough to plate three runs. Miller immediately followed, tying up the game 9-9 with a single though the Mountain Lions' left side. Finally, Wesley Wommack (Monroe) ended the tie when he broke through the right side. Two final innings passed without any runs and the Bobcats added another conference win, 10-9.
Miller claimed the top spot for Georgia College in scoring after earning four RBIs and going 4-for-5 at the plate. Purcell and Brandon Benson (Loganville) tied with two RBIs each, while Purcell and Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) had one apiece.
Reliever Cameron Busby (Grovetown) picked up his ninth win this season with five strikeouts this game. Busby only gave up five hits to the 16 batters he faced during his four innings of play. Closing pitcher Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) had an impressive inning during the final Young Harris at-bat. He struck out each of the three batters he faced back-to-back.
Georgia College Baseball is back in action tomorrow, April 23, to continue the weekend series against Young Harris College. The game is set to kick off at 7 p.m.
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