By Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (28-16) picked up their final non-conference win of season after keeping Toccoa Falls College (17-20) scoreless for nine innings. The 12-0 win can be credited to the Bobcat pitchers who gave one of the most impressive performances of the season.
Freshman pitcher Matthew Heard (Cumming) picked up his first win of his collegiate career. Heard struck out all three of the batters he faced during his single inning of play. Tonight's game was win for the entire Georgia College pitching staff too. The team faced the minimum number of batters possible with each of the nine pitchers facing just three batters in their respective innings. Collectively, the pitchers recorded 11 strikeouts while allowing just one hit.
In addition to the strong pitching, the Bobcats had an excellent day at the plate. A combination of singles from Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) and Wesley Wommack (Monroe) kicked off the shut out in the first inning. The Bobcats plated three more in the second and one in the third before taking a break from scoring.
The Bobcats followed up the scoreless fourth by nearly doubling their score in the fifth. A pair of wild pitches from Toccoa Falls allowed for two runs. Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) picked up a pair of RBIs on a double to right center and Cook plated a run with another single. The Bobcats racked up five runs before the Screaming Eagles could stop them. The rest of the game passed by without any more runs and Georgia College wrapped up their final games with an imposing 12-0 win.
Seniors Cook and Giesel matched each other in RBIs, leading the team with three each. Wommack and Brandon Benson (Loganville) had the other two RBIs with one apiece. Right fielder Matthew Miller (Escondido, California) may have gone 1-for-2 against Toccoa Falls, but the game marked the 25th game of the junior's hitting streak.
Georgia College Baseball will finish out its regular season this weekend with a three-game series against Augusta University. The conference series begins Friday, April 29, at 3 p.m.
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