DUE WEST, S.C. - Much like the season-opening 6-5 win, No. 14 Georgia College & State University baseball (31-13) needed a late rally to take a 5-4 victory at No. 26 Erskine College (35-14). The Bobcats plated four of their five runs in the top of the ninth to win by the slimmest of margins.
The ninth started with a walk to pinch hitter Danny McCorkell (Wentzville, Mo.) who won the prior meeting with a bases-loaded two-out bunt single in the ninth. After a hit-batsman and another walk loaded the bases, junior Andrew Evans (Milledgeville, Ga.) pinch hit and smacked a double to left, scoring two for a 4-3 deficit.
The game's next batter, second baseman Brooks Robinson (Evans, Ga.) gave the Bobcats the lead with a two-run single to center. Junior closer Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) got the final three outs to pick up his 12th save of the season, five shy of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) record.
Righty reliever Kyle Cravey (Cordele, Ga.) improved to 4-0 on the season with the six-inning win, allowing three earned runs and striking out four. Cravey tossed three consecutive shutout innings before turning things over to Dewald for the ninth. Flying Fleet reliever Carlton Watts (2-2) took the loss to even his record.
Robinson finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while third baseman Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) also had a 2-for-4 day. For Erskine, first baseman Matt Schnieder was 2-for-2 with a solo home run and third baseman Mo Seay finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
The Bobcats head to Benedict College tomorrow, April 22 for a 3 p.m. start. Georgia College will return home Friday, April 24 at 6 p.m. to face the University of Montevallo.
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