MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – With a combined 35 runs on 39 hits over two games, the No. 16 Georgia College & State University baseball team (23-10, 12-3 PBC) swept a doubleheader from No. 30 Georgia Southwestern State University (19-11, 8-7 PBC) 16-12 and 19-8 Saturday at John Kurtz Field. The two wins give the Bobcats a 3-0 sweep of the season series with the Hurricanes as well.
Game one was a slugfest, as the teams combined for 28 hits and 28 runs.
Centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) was 4-for-4 with four runs and four RBI, including a three-run home run in the Georgia College nine-run first inning. Designated hitter Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) followed that up with a 2-for-3 effort and three RBI with two runs in the third slot.
Shortstop ChandlerSnell (Loganville, Ga.) had three hits in five trips, scoring twice and driving in one, while Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) and Brett George (Dacula, Ga.) had two hits apiece, Ward plating two runs and George one.
Bobcat reliever Ryan Haynie (Fayetteville, Ga.) picked up the win (2-0) in four innings of work, allowing just a single run on four hits while fanning three. Senior lefty Ryan Tabor (Lawrencevile, Ga.) got his team-best third save with a hitless 1 2/3 innings, striking out four.
For the Hurricanes, Ryan Lackey (2-3) got the loss, not making it out of the first inning. The hitting star was first baseman Jared Allen, going 3-for-5 with seven RBI.
The Bobcat bats didn’t heat up until late in game two, when finding themselves down 5-1 the ‘Cats went on a 14-0 run over the third-through-sixth innings.
Sophomore catcher BentonYaun (Marietta, Ga.) had the hottest aluminum in game two, going 5-for-6 with two doubles, scoring four times and driving in one. Muoio was 4-for-6, scoring five times and driving in one. Also 4-for-6 was George, scoring three times with one RBI.
Leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, while second baseman Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) had two hits in four trips, knocking in three runs. Harrell and first baseman Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) had two hits each, also each blasting home runs to center.
Senior righthander Brendon Malkowski (Schenectady, N.Y.) entered in the third with two out, going the distance for the victory (5-1). He allowed just two earned runs and fanned three.
GSW starter Tyler Daniel (2-5) took the loss, allowing eight runs in three innings. Bud Long provided the scoring punch for the Hurricanes in game two, going 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs, including a three-run home run.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, April 6 at 5 p.m., playing at Anderson University.
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