AIKEN, S.C. - A two-run double off the bat of Brooks Robinson (Evans, Ga.) put the No. 6 Georgia College & State University baseball team (19-6, 8-2 PBC) ahead of USC Aiken (15-13, 3-7 PBC) for good in tonight's (March 20) 12-10 shootout.
The Bobcats used a monumental nine-run inning in the sixth to take the lead, and grabbed the advantage again on Robinson's heroics two innings later.
Down 8-0 heading into the top of the sixth thanks in part to three Bobcat errors and six walks, Georgia College responded with a nine-run inning, featuring a pair of home runs. Rightfielder Derek Johns (Waynesville, Ga.) started the inning with a leadoff solo blast, and centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) supplied two more with his home run later in the inning. When the dust settled, 14 batters had gone to the plate, and the Bobcats led 9-8.
The Pacers responded in the seventh, getting a solo shot from catcher John Sherrer and an RBI double from first baseman Ken Raborn. USCA slid back into the lead 10-9.
In the eighth Harrell led off with a walk, followed by a Johns single. After a sacrifice bunt and another out, Robinson ripped a shot to left, bringing home both men for an 11-10 lead. After a walk, first baseman Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) took a single to left, scoring Robinson for the 12-10 final.
Closer Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) entered in the bottom of the eighth, making things interesting putting runners on the corners and one out, but got the next Pacer to ground into a double play to kill the threat. The Pacers got a leadoff single in the ninth, but he was stranded for Dewald's sixth save, tying for the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) lead.
Junior lefty Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) went just 1/3 of an inning for the win, improving to 4-1 on the season. Chad Benefield (1-1) tossed 2 1/3 in the loss.
Johns was 4-for-5 with three runs and an RBI, while Robinson added a 2-for-5 effort, scoring twice and driving in three. Pitts finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run.
For the Pacers, Sherrer was 2-for-3 with two runs and three driven in, while shortstop Steven Carmon was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run. The 7-8-9 hitters for USCA went a combined 6-for-12 scoring five times and driving in seven.
The Bobcat win streak extends to seven in a row. GCSU is atop the PBC standings at 8-2, and has won the last five conference battles.
The Bobcats finish up the three-game set with the Pacers tomorrow, March 21 a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.
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