By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Student Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (27-16, 16-11 PBC) brought out the broom for the second-consecutive weekend after sweeping the Young Harris College Mountain Lions (12-35, 6-21 PBC) at John Kurtz Field Sunday. The 11-6 victory also clinches a spot in the upcoming Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament for the Bobcats.
Bobcat bats dominated the weekend, putting up 27 runs in the three-game series. Most of Sunday's 11 were thanks to junior Matthew Miller (Escondido, California). His lead-off single in the second added another to his now 24-game hit streak. Miller's dominating 3-for-4 performance forced Young Harris to intentionally walk the righty in the eighth. Miller still came around the corners to put Georgia College's 11th run on the board. He also added three stolen bases and a deep center solo homer to his stats. His three steals puts him tied for third in the PBC.
The Bobcats broke into triple digits for stolen bases during Sunday's game. Along with Miller's three, new leadoff hitter sophomore Logan Mattix (Loganville) had three of his own, putting the Bobcats at 100 stolen bases on the season. Mattix smacked hits in three of his four at bats, including a double-turned-run in the sixth. Mattix added two of his own to the Bobcat score and finished the game with a .324 batting average.
The sixth inning brought three more Bobcats home, giving Georgia College its biggest lead of the day. Junior Brandon Benson (Loganville) deposited one over the leftfield fence to bring the Mattix double the rest of the way around. After two more runs, the scoreboard read 7-0 in Bobcat favor.
The Mountain Lions finally gained some momentum after putting three on the board in the seventh, but the seven-run lead proved too difficult to overcome. Junior Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) secured the victory with a two-run single, scoring Benson and junior pinch runner Will Bagwell (Macon) in the bottom of the eighth.
On defense, the Bobcats stifled the Mountain Lion batters for the first six innings. Sophomore Trevor Guthrie (Cumming) started on the mound for the Bobcats. In his seven innings, he allowed seven hits and three runs. He walked only two and down five via strikeout. YHC was scoreless in his first six frames. His strong performance earned him his third win for the season.
Sophomore Cameron Busby (Grovetown) entered in the eighth, going the rest of the way for his second save. He saw five batters, allowing only one hit. He nabbed Young Harris third baseman Luke Miller for the final out in swinging fashion, giving him two strikeouts for the afternoon. Busby picked up a save and a victory in the three-game series with YHC.
The home sweep is the third PBC series sweep of the year for the Bobcats. They currently sit fifth in the conference, three games above the tournament cut off. Bobcats have one day to rest before they host Toccoa Falls College Tuesday for Senior Day. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at John Kurtz Field. Then the Bobcats travel to Augusta University for the final series of the regular season. The PBC Tournament will be held from May 11-15.
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