by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The No. 19 Georgia College & State University baseball team (15-8, 7-2 PBC) won its first non-conference road game of the season, extending its win streak to four games by defeating the Pfeiffer University Falcons (16-18, 9-6 CC) 8-5 Tuesday. The Bobcats scored five funs in the final three innings to pull out the win.
Georgia College leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) led the Bobcats as he went 4-for-5, including a double and a home run. Allen hit his third round tripper of the season in the eighth inning and the senior finished with three runs scored and one RBI. Senior Andrew Evans (Milledgeville, Ga.) made the most of his two late at-bats, going 2-for-2 with three RBI and a pair of runs.
Five different Bobcats tallied an RBI as Evans led with three and Brett George (Dacula, Ga.) added two. Third baseman George hit a two-run home run with two outs in the fourth inning, putting the ‘Cats up 2-0. Catcher Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to extend the lead to 3-0.
Pfeiffer scored five runs between the fourth and fifth inning to go ahead 5-3, including a three-run blast from centerfielder Carlos Badillo in the fifth.
In the seventh inning, Evans hit a two-run pinch-hit double and designated hitter BentonYaun (Marietta, Ga.) followed with an RBI double of his own to put the Bobcats up 6-5. Georgia College got insurance runs in the eighth and ninth as Allen and Evans both hit solo shots.
Darien, Ga. native Clete Jessup started the game for the Bobcats going five innings. The lefty senior allowed four runs on six hits. Senior righty Brendon Malkowski (Schenectady, N.Y.) threw 2 and 2/3 innings to get the win (4-1). Lefty Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) got his second save of the season as he came in the ninth and got the final three outs to seal the 8-5 win for GCSU.
First baseman Will Davis was the sole Falcon to record more than one hit as he went 2-for-5 and Badillo accounted for all his teams’ runs, scoring twice and knocking in three.
The Bobcats and Falcons finish the two-game set Wednesday, March 24 at 3 p.m. Georgia College then travels to face conference foe No. 7 USC Aiken starting with a doubleheader Saturday, March 27 at 3 p.m.
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