MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In a game that saw a combined 27 hits and 24 runs, the No. 8 Georgia College & State University baseball team (33-13) landed a little short of No. 20 Erskine College (39-14) 14-10 Wednesday night.
The Flying Fleet jetted out to an 8-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning, but the Georgia College bats came alive and got as close as two at 11-9 going into the eighth.
In the fifth inning, the Bobcats put two runs on the scoreboard when Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) hit a two-run blast with ChandlerSnell (Loganville, Ga.) on base. The home run was number six on the season for the senior leftfielder.
The ‘Cats continued to claw their way back into the game, hitting two more two-run home runs in the bottom of the sixth when the “Killer P’s” struck gold. Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) and Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) both hit two-run round trippers. Pitts hit his 11th of the season, while Pirkle hit his 14th.
In the seventh inning, Pitts recorded his third RBI when he doubled to leftfield to bring Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) across the plate. Pitts and Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) both scored on a single by Pirkle. Georgia College got one more run in the eighth as Ward hit a single through the left side to score Snell, his second run of the game.
Erskine had four innings where they scored at least three runs and the Bobcats had to play catch-up all night, unable to overcome the early deficit.
Ward led the team going 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored. Pitts and Pirkle both had three RBI, while Allen knocked in two.
Chas Anthony led the Flying Fleet going a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with two RBI and three runs scored as John Bolding led his team with four RBI. William Buzhardt improved to 13-2 on the season for Erskine getting the win.
Lefty Matt Kaplan (Alpharetta, Ga.) started the game for Georgia College and was credited with the loss, dropping to 4-2 on the season in just two innings of work.
The loss closes out the home portion of the 2010 season for Georgia College baseball, a year where the Bobcats went 20-8.
The Bobcats head to Savannah, Ga. to play Armstrong Atlantic State University Friday, April 30 at 3 p.m. The regular season finale will be a doubleheader Saturday, May 1 against the Pirates, starting at 1 p.m.
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