By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 29 Georgia College Baseball program (20-9, 8-6 PBC) defeated the No. 28 Columbus State University Cougars (20-12, 11-6 PBC) in a thrilling Saturday afternoon contest at John Kurtz Field, 10-9. The Bobcats ended the ballgame in walk-off fashion when senior Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) drove in the winning run off a sacrifice fly to center field.
Game two of this weekend series was an offensive battle between two very good ball clubs, tallying a combined total of 30 hits. The Bobcats plated a total of 10 runs on 13 hits opposed to the Cougars nine runs on 17 hits.
The Cougars got out to an early lead after scoring three runs in the first two frames, but the Bobcats fought right back with a three-run bottom of the second to lock the score at 3-3 heading to the third. Ayres was responsible for the first two runs after he struck a two-RBI single over the second baseman and Garrett Green (Bogart) continued his hot play driving in the other run off an RBI single up the middle.
Georgia College broke the game open in the bottom half of the fourth when they posted a six-spot on the Cougars. Ayres came up big again for the Blue and Green after he smacked his second two-RBI single of the game to extend the Bobcat lead. Three more runs were driven in off an RBI single from three different Bobcat players. Brandon Benson (Loganville), Logan Mattix (Loganville) and Wesley Wommack (Monroe) were all responsible for driving in a run to give the Bobcats a comfortable 9-3 lead after four innings of play. Benson, Green and Mattix all recorded two hits in the afternoon matchup.
Columbus State continued to chip away at the Bobcat lead through the middle innings and managed to cut their deficit to just one heading into the final frame. The Cougars managed to push one across in the top half of the ninth to knot the game at a 9-9 tie with the Bobcats due up in the bottom half.
Georgia College worked the bases loaded for Ayres who continued his big day, driving in his fifth run off a towering sacrifice fly to score Benson and seal the 10-9 victory.
Perry Keith (La Grange) got the nod for the Bobcats Saturday afternoon and received a no decision after throwing five innings while allowing five earned on eight hits. Senior Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas) was credited with the win after tossing a crucial 2 1/3 innings while allowing just one run on three hits and two punchouts.
The walk-off win for Georgia College ties the weekend series at one game apiece heading into the rubber match at John Kurtz Filed Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m.
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