FLORENCE, S.C. – Georgia College sophomore Cameron Busby (Grovetown, Georgia) dazzled hitters all evening long, getting a complete-game victory in his first start of the season, as the Bobcats (33-16) shut down the University of North Georgia (31-20) 4-2 in day two of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Thursday.
Busby (11-2) threw all nine innings, holding a shutout to the ninth. The righty had seven 1-2-3 innings during the game, and also retired 17 in a row at one point from the third to ninth innings. Busby got 19 ground ball outs, and allowed two unearned runs in the ninth. With the tying run at the plate, a sinking liner to second ended the night.
North Georgia starter Daniel McCrary (5-4) matched Busby in the early going with five scoreless frames in the pitchers' duel. The Bobcats got on the board in the sixth.
With two outs, Georgia College rallied with three straight singles, the final one by Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) scoring Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) for the first run of the game. Catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville, Georgia) then followed with a double to left to score Brandon Benson (Loganville, Georgia). Cook came in on a wild pitch to cap the scoring.
Georgia College extended its lead in the eighth, as Benson reached on a fielder's choice and eventually scored on an error.
Purcell finished 2-for-4 with the RBI double, and Mattix was the only other multi-hit performer for Georgia College at 2-for-5 with a run.
The PBC Tournament has moved to pool play this season. In pool one, the No. 4-seed Bobcats are 2-0, No. 8-seed North Georgia 1-1, No. 1-seed Columbus State University 0-1 and No. 5-seed Augusta University 0-1. CSU and Augusta were supposed to play tonight, but were pushed to Friday morning due to a lengthy rainstorm earlier in the day.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m., playing Columbus State.
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