May 2, 2009

#13 Bobcats Split With Augusta State, Take Third in PBC Standings

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The No. 13 Georgia College & State University baseball team (37-15, 16-10 PBC) rebounded from an opening-game 11-5 loss with a big 17-6 blowout win, splitting Augusta State University (24-30, 10-16 PBC) in a doubleheader at John Kurtz Field today (May 2).

Catcher Pete Paris (Scranton, Pa.) swatted a pair of home runs on a 4-for-8 day, driving in five and scoring five times as well. Third baseman Brooks Robinson (Evans, Ga.) exploded for two home runs as well, finishing 5-for-9 with five RBI and two runs.

In game one, ASU starter Wilson Taylor held down the Bobcat bats, as the Jones County High grad went 8 1/3 innings with 10 hits, allowing five runs. The Jaguars scored 10 runs from the third-eighth innings to put distance between them and the Bobcats. ASU hit three home runs in the contest.

Bobcat starter Dylan Lightell (Rosamond, Calif.) gave up four earned runs over four innings in the loss (4-4).

Leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) was 2-for-5 with a home run, scoring twice and driving in two. Third baseman Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) and second baseman Robinson each went 2-for-4.

Game two was a different story, as the Bobcats busted out to a 9-2 lead after two innings. Paris ripped a three-run blast in the first, Robinson a solo shot in the second. Designated hitter Buddy Elmore (Dallas) had an RBI single in the first, with Paris adding an RBI safety of his own in the second.

After ASU slowly chipped away at the lead, GCSU responded with eight runs over the 5-through-7 innings to put it out of reach. Centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) ripped a two-run shot in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth. Robinson tacked on a two-run home run in the seventh.  

Harrell finished game two 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs. Paris had a perfect 3-for-3 in game two, plating four and scoring three times. Robinson was 3-for-5 with a big five RBI, scoring twice. Six Bobcats had multiple hits in game two.

The Bobcats are locked in as the third seed in the upcoming Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament, held May 9-10 in Aiken, S.C.

Georgia College wraps up the three-game set-and the regular season-with the Jaguars tomorrow, May 3 at 1 p.m. It will be Senior Day at Kurtz Field, as the Bobcats will honor four players: Danny McCorkell (Wentzville, Mo.), Derek Johns (Waynesville, Ga.), Robinson and Paris.

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