MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Baseball (21-7, 16-2) team scored 18 runs in game one and 11 in game two to sweep Saturday's doubleheader with UNC Pembroke (18-8, 6-8), and the series with the Braves.
The Bobcats took game one 18-7 with a late-inning barrage at the plate.
The game began with the Bobcats plating one in the first thanks to an RBI from Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia). Pembroke reclaimed the lead in the top of the second with two runs of their own but the Bobcats struck for two in the bottom of the third. Mattix picked up his second RBI of the game with a single through the right side and Nate Schmal (Cumming, Georgia) brought in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Georgia College wouldn't hold the lead for long though, as the Braves brought across five runs in the top of the fifth to make it 7-3. The Bobcats chipped away at the four-run lead with two runs in the bottom half of the inning courtesy of a Brandt Stallings (Buford, Georgia) two-RBI double.
With UNC Pembroke on the ropes, the Bobcats exploded for six runs in the sixth inning. Matthew Miller deposited a ball over the left field fence for a two-run home run to tie the game at seven then Brandon Purcell (Glenville, Georgia) brought in the go-ahead run with an RBI single. Mattix scored on catcher's interference with the bases loaded, Garret Green (Bogart, Georgia) walked to bring in a run and Brendan Holler (Gilroy, California) walked to bring in the final run of the inning.
With an 11-7 lead, the Bobcats all but finished off the Braves in the bottom of the seventh, once again pouring in six runs. Schmal, Stallings and Green each picked up RBIs. Holler brought in two with a double to left-center field and then came around to score on a UNC Pembroke error to make it 16-7 in favor of GC.
Stallings once again doubled and brought in an RBI in the eighth and the Bobcats brought in an 18th run thanks to a miscue from the Braves.
Trevor Guthrie (Cumming, Georgia) started on the hill for the Bobcats, allowing four earned runs over four innings, while Bradly Cammack (Soperton, Georgia) earned the win, throwing five innings in relief while only allowing three earned runs and striking out five.
Game two – an 11-2 win – required no comeback from the Bobcats.
Georgia College stormed out of the gate and brought in five runs in the bottom of the first. Mattix pushed a ball over the right-field fence for a three-run home run to get things started. Stallings doubled for the third time on the day to bring in run number four, then came around to score on an error.
Mattix picked up his fourth RBI of the game when he brought in Matthew Miller (San Diego, California) in the second inning to give Georgia College a 6-0 lead.
UNC Pembroke added their only two runs of the game in the third inning. The Bobcats punched back with two runs of their own thanks to RBIs from Mike Warren (Stockbridge, Georgia) and Cal Gentry (Perry, Georgia).
Green brought in his second RBI of the doubleheader with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Warren brought in his second run of the game with an RBI single.
The offensive onslaught finally ended for GC in the bottom of the seventh as Wesley Wommack doubled down the left field line to bring in Gentry for the eleventh and final run of the day.
Matt Studdard (Conyers, Georgia) started on the hill for the Bobcats, surrendering just two runs over 2.2 innings. Chandler Amason (Grayson, Georgia) earned the win, throwing two scoreless innings. Logan Howard (Cumming, Georgia) picked up the four-inning save, going 4.1 innings without giving up a run.
With the wins, the Bobcats move to the top of the Peach Belt Conference standings.
Georgia College returns to action Friday, March 30 as they travel to Florida Tech for the first game of a weekend series. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
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