MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 13 Georgia College Baseball program (27-8) suffered their first lost in 12 games as the Shorter University Hawks (21-19) defeated the Bobcats 13-6 at John Kurtz Field Wednesday night.
In what was an exciting game from the get-go, the contest featured of multiple lead changes and stellar play. The Bobcats struck first in the bottom of the first when Nate Schmal (Cumming) drove in a pair with a double down the rightfield line. The Hawks answered right back with a two-run triple that pushed two across to tie the game at 2-2, after two frames.
Shorter managed to score in the top of the fourth off a sacrifice fly, but Georgia College came right back with two of their own in the bottom half to take a 4-3 lead after four. Wesley Wommack (Monroe) drove in one of those runs with a single to leftfield and finished his day going 2-for-4 including a run scored and a stolen base.
It seemed that each team had answer every time the opposing team scored. Shorter scored two run in the bottom of the sixth, then Georgia College matched that in the bottom half, putting the score at 6-5 in favor of the Bobcats after six.
Unfortunately for the Georgia College, they ran out of answers for the remainder of the game. Shorter posted eight unanswered runs to close out the ballgame including a five-spot in the top of the ninth.
Some notable performances came from catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville) who went 1-for-4 with a RBI and pair of runs scored. Logan Howard (Cumming) also got some solid mid-relief work in, tossing 1 1/3 innings surrendering zero hits and three punch outs.
Georgia College is back at John Kurtz Field in a critical Peach Belt Conference (PBC) matchup when they host the Flagler College Saints Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m.
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