by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University baseball team (7-4) slid into the No. 23 spot in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA Division II Top 30 Poll (March 1) a day after winning three games against the University of Indianapolis and winning their seven-straight.
Georgia College is one of five Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams listed in this week's poll. Francis Marion University moves up a spot to take No. 2 while Columbus State University jumps to No. 8, North Georgia takes No. 27 and UNC Pembroke falls to No. 30.
The Bobcats swept Indianapolis winning 16-4 in game one, 10-7 in game two and in the final game of the series defeated the Greyhounds 8-2.
Matt Kaplan (Alpharetta, Ga.) recorded his second win of the season throwing 7 1/3 innings with eight hits, four earned runs and five strikeouts. Georgia College's Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.), Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) and ChandlerSnell (Loganville, Ga.) each had three RBI in game one. In game two, Preseason All-American closer Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) went six innings in a start allowing five runs on eight hits and striking out five for the victory (2-1).
In game three, Brendon Malkowski (Schenectady, N.Y.) moved to 2-0, pitching 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.
"The Nightmare from Norcross" Richard Pirkle hit 5-for-9 with two homeruns and seven RBI against the Greyhounds during the series. The redshirt-junior started all three games and caught all 27 innings for the ‘Cats.
Georgia College hits the field Friday, March 5 to open Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play against No. 27 North Georgia at 6 p.m. at John Kurtz Field.
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