CARROLLTON, Ga. - Getting a run in the top of the eighth and shutout relief for the final three innings, the No. 6 Georgia College & State University baseball team (18-6) beat the University of West Georgia (5-17) 9-8 today (March 18). The win extends the Bobcat win streak to seven games.
Third baseman Brooks Robinson (Evans, Ga.) led off the eighth with an infield single, advancing to second on a safety by second baseman Brett George (Dacula, Ga.). Two batters later, Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) drove home Robinson with a single through the left side. Robinson had a 2-for-4 day with two runs and an RBI.
Providing lights-out relief for the final three innings were Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany). Tabor went 2 1/3 innings of no-hit ball, fanning two for the win (3-1). Dewald got the final three outs, two by strikes for his fifth save.
The Bobcats got five runs in the second, including three on a blast to right by George. The home run was the first of his Division II career. George finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run.
Wolf reliever John Lees took the loss in 2 1/3 innings of work, falling to 0-1. First baseman Daniel Henley had a 4-for-5 day with three runs and four RBI, including a two-run home run. Catcher Eric Melton added was 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, March 20 at 6 p.m. starting a three-game Peach Belt Conference (PBC) set at USC Aiken (14-12, 3-6 PBC).
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