MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The No. 18 Georgia College & State University baseball team (3-4) won two vastly different games in sweeping Southern Connecticut State University (0-2) tonight (Feb. 14), 10-0 and 5-4.
In game one, the Bobcats combined nine hits with three Owl miscues to score 10 runs. Sophomore righty Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) was brilliant in the start, fanning eight Owls over seven innings of a one-hit shutout win (1-0). In just his third outing of the season, Pettepher took a no-hitter into the seventh.
GCSU broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third, getting two runs. Derek Johns (Waynesville, Ga.) led off with a walk, followed by an Andrew Evans (Milledgeville, Ga.) single. Johns would later score on a double-play ball, and Evans crossed the plate on an SCSU error.
Three-run innings in both the fourth and sixth helped stretch the game out of reach. Evans added a two-run double in the fourth, while Brooks Robinson (Evans, Ga.) provided the big blow in the sixth, a two-run single.
Owl starter Ed Bethke (0-1) went 3 2/3 in the loss, walking six and allowing three runs. Evans finished 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) scored twice while going 2-for-2.
In the bottom of the sixth tied 4-4, Robinson led off with a hit-batsmen, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. Snell then brought the runner in with a well-placed bunt.
Junior Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) got the win (1-1) with three strong innings of relief. The lefty allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out one, while classmate Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) came in for the save, his first. Owl reliever Steve Corbett (0-1) took the loss with one inning of work.
Johns was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in game two, including an RBI triple in the first. Pete Paris (Scranton, Pa.) plated two runs and went 2-for-3.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 15 at noon for the final battle of the three-game set with the Owls.
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