Three-Run Ninth Puts #22 GC Baseball over North Georgia, 9-6

Junior Brandt Stallings
Junior Brandt Stallings

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The No. 22 Georgia College Baseball team (17-7, 13-2 PBC) took a 9-6 battle Sunday at the University of North Georgia (11-12, 5-7 PBC), winning the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series 2-1. The Bobcats have taken each of their five league series this season.

The game was back-and-forth all day, the teams reaching the ninth all knotted up 6-6. After a leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt, senior Logan Mattix (Loganville) scored the go-ahead run off an error by the Nighthawks. Junior Brandt Stallings (Buford) swatted a double to left center to double the lead to 8-6 and a hit batsman later, junior Garrett Green (Buford) completed the rally with an RBI single.

Lefty Logan Howard (Cumming) entered in the bottom of the ninth, and got two outs wrapped around a single. After a walk put the tying run at the plate, Howard retired the last batter with a swinging strikeout for the series victory.

Stallings finished 3-for-5 with three doubles, two RBIs and two runs. Senior Brandon Purcell (Glennville) drove in three and scored three on a 2-for-3 day. He blasted his second home run of the weekend and the season in today's action, a solo shot in the fifth. Classmate Matthew Miller (San Diego, California) added two hits, as did Mattix; Miller scoring once and Mattix driving in one and scoring once.

Junior Bradly Cammack (Soperton) went 5 1/3 innings of relief for the win (5-1), allowing three earned runs and striking out six. Howard picked up his second save.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, March 21 at 2 p.m. traveling to Paine College.

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