by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 16 Bobcat baseball team at Georgia College & State University (18-10, 9-3 PBC) used a six-run fifth inning to topple Clark Atlanta University 14-0 Tuesday night at John Kurtz Field.
Five batters for the Bobcats finished with multi-hit games. Leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.), Martinez, Ga. nativesSean Harrell and Shawn Ward, infielder Brett George (Dacula, Ga.) and second baseman Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) all finished with two hits apiece for Georgia College.
Harrell had a team-high four RBI, while George, Veyna, shortstop Chandler Snell (Loganville, Ga.) and infielderPaul Bordon (Martinez, Ga.) all scored two runs a piece.
Georgia College scored four runs in the fourth. George hit a double to knock in Ward and catcher Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) followed with a double to score George. The double by Maas marked his first hit as a Bobcat. Veyna then ripped a single to get Maas across the plate. Allen also had an RBI double to score Snell later in the inning.
A six-run fifth put the ‘Cats up 11-0 and then GCSU followed with three runs in the sixth to take the 14-0 lead.
A highlight of the fifth was when Ward hit his first triple of the season to score designated hitter Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.).
Allen and Snell both stole two bases. Georgia College has 74 stolen bases on the year with an .813 (74-91) success rate.
Six-foot-four lefty Matt Kaplan (Alpharetta, Ga.) went five shutout innings for Georgia College to move to 3-1 on the season. The junior allowed one hit, walked one and struck out five.
The Bobcats take on Benedict College in a double dip Wednesday, March 31 starting at 2 p.m. at John Kurtz Field.
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