Lightell, Snell Lead #8 Bobcats Over #23 Francis Marion, 11-5
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Junior righty Dylan Lightell (Rosamond, Calif.) tossed eight innings while fanning 11, combined with Chandler Snell's (Loganville, Ga.) four hits and four RBI to power an 11-5 win for No. 8 Georgia College & State University baseball (24-9, 11-5 PBC) over No. 23 Francis Marion University (21-12-1, 9-8 PBC) at John Kurtz Field.
Lightell (2-2) evened out his record with eight innings, allowing just two earned runs on nine hits. His 11 strikeouts were the most by a Bobcat pitcher since New York Mets prospect Michael Antonini (2006-07) fanned 14 North Greenville University batters Feb. 16, 2007.
Before Snell's groundout in his final at-bat, the junior shortstop had recorded hits in eight straight at-bats. He finished tonight's contest 4-for-5 with four RBI and a pair of runs, ripping three doubles.
The Bobcats plated five runs in the first and never looked back, scoring runs in all but two of the eight innings they batted. Third baseman Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) blasted his team-leading fourth home run of the season as part of a 2-for-3 day with two runs and two RBI. First baseman Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) scored twice while going 3-for-5, and centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) didn't start, but still worked his way to a 2-for-3 driving in a pair.
FMU starter David Walters (5-3) took the loss in four innings, getting pounded for nine hits and seven runs, five of which were earned. Catcher Jared Barkdoll smacked a solo home run as part of a 2-for-3. Centerfielder Martin Gordon was 4-for-5, but the Patriots couldn't capitalize, as they stranded 11 runners.
The Bobcats are now 36-23 all-time against Francis Marion, and 7-3 against ranked opponents this season.
The Bobcats finish up the three-game set with FMU in a doubleheader tomorrow, April 4 at 1 p.m.
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