by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Redshirt-junior Richard Pirkle's (Norcross, Ga.) bat and the arm of righty Brendon Malkowski (Schenectady, N.Y.) led the No. 29 College & State University baseball team (7-4) past the University of Indianapolis 8-2 Sunday at John Kurtz Field.
Pirkle led the team going 2-for-4 with four RBI, hitting his sixth home run of the season. The catcher leads the team in dingers and also owns a team-high 21 RBI.
Georgia College scored two more runs in the fourth when second baseman Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) doubled to score Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.). Drew Goodman (Kennewick, Wash.) advanced to home on a balk by the Greyhounds' Donovan Drake.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Bobcats tacked on four more runs putting things out of reach for Indianapolis to win 8-2. Pirkle hit a two-run single to score Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) and Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) for the big blow of the inning.
Paul Bordon (Martinez, Ga.) recorded his first stolen base of the season while Chandler Snell (Loganville, Ga.) and Pirkle both stole a base as well. Snell has a .875 (7-8) success rate on stolen bases and leads the team with seven, while Pirkle is second on the team with six.
Malkowski (2-0) threw seven solid innings of work allowing only two runs on eight hits and striking out three. Malkowski has a 2.50 ERA, the lowest of any starter for the Bobcats. The senior has 12 strikeouts on the season in 18 innings of work, walking just three. Drake falls to 0-2 with 6 2/3 innings of work.
Georgia College returns to the ballfield Tuesday, March 2 at 5 p.m. against Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. The next home game for the ‘Cats is Friday, March 5 at 6 p.m. against North Georgia, kicking off Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play.
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