by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 16 Georgia College & State University baseball team (20-10, 9-3 PBC) reached the 20-win mark by toppling the Tigers of Benedict College (23-14, 10-1 SIAC) in a doubleheader Wednesday 19-2 and 6-3. With the 19-2 victory, the Bobcats had scored at least 14 runs in three-straight ballgames.
Leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) led all Bobcats with five hits, going 5-for-6 in the pair of games with five runs scored and four RBI. The senior hit a two-run home run in game one and followed with two doubles in the second game.
In the first game Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) went 3-for-4, scoring three runs and knocking in three fellow Bobcats. The senior centerfielder followed Allen’s home run with a one of his own in the fourth inning.
Georgia College’s infielders were hot with the bat in game one, as first baseman Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.), second baseman Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) and shortstop Brett George (Dacula, Ga.) all had two hits apiece. Pitts, third baseman Paul Bordon (Martinez, Ga.) and Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) each tallied two RBI for the ‘Cats.
The Bobcats scored multiple runs in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth to take control of the game and thrash the Tigers 19-2.
Junior righty Ryan Haynie (Fayetteville, Ga.) threw four innings, allowing one run off five hits and striking out four to get his first win (1-0) at Georgia College.
Benedict College scored two runs off eight hits as first baseman Corey Bryant led the Tigers, going 2-for-3.
Game two was a different for story both teams. Benedict scored three runs off seven hits as Georgia College only had four hits, but were able to put six runs on the scoreboard.
Allen led the squad again, hitting 2-for-2 and scoring two runs. Pitts had a team-high four RBI as he hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to give GCSU the 4-1 advantage. Pitts hit his second grand slam in less than a week as he knocked one out against USC Aiken in the 14-12 victory this past Sunday (March 28).
Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) pitched five innings, allowing one run off five hits. The junior righty walked two and struck out four while moving to 3-0 on the season.
Georgia College welcomes Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe No. 30 Georgia Southwestern State University to John Kurtz Field Friday, April 2 at 6 p.m. The 1984 and 1985 NAIA World Series teams will be honored that night as part of the Alumni Weekend festivities.
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