MONTEVALLO, Ala. – Tallying a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) single-game record with 33 hits, the No. 12 Georgia College & State University baseball team (29-12, 17-4 PBC) took a series sweep to clinch at least a share of the conference title at the University of Montevallo (12-35, 5-19 PBC) Sunday by a 21-6 score.
The PBC West Division Champions, Georgia College can finish no worse than tied with No. 8 Francis Marion University for the PBC Regular-Season title, picking up its third PBC Championship in school history. Georgia College took back-to-back honors in 2006 and 2007.
Each of the nine spots in the Bobcat order had at least two hits today, the most coming from the third and fifth spots, each tallying five. Third baseman Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) had a 4-for-4 day with two RBI and two runs, while first baseman Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run.
The 7-8-9 hitters combined for 12-for-18, scoring six runs and plating five, as Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.), Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) and ChandlerSnell (Loganville, Ga.) each went 4-for-6 with two runs scored. Pirkle ripped his team-leading 12th home run of the season in the sixth as part of an eight-run frame, and drove in four.
Rightfielder Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) hit his 10th home run of the season in the third, a two-run blast to tie the game up. The Bobcats blew open the game with eight runs each in the fourth and sixth innings. Freshman Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) hit a moonshot for the first home run of his career in the ninth, a three-run pinch hit blast into the parking lot in left.
Leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) had three RBI and three hits, while centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) had two hits and two RBI. BentonYaun (Marietta, Ga.) scored twice with two hits as well.
Senior righty Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) improved to 7-1 on the season with five innings of work, allowing three runs with one strikeout. Montevallo reliever Cameron Sokalski (0-4) took the loss, allowing 10 runs in two innings. First baseman and reigning PBC Player of the Week Chris Sosebee was the hitting star for the Falcons, going 2-for-3 with five RBI on two home runs.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, April 21 at 4 p.m., hosting No. 17 Valdosta State University.
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