by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 12 Georgia College & State University baseball team (25-11, 13-4 PBC) split a doubleheader this afternoon (April 10) with No. 20 UNC Pembroke (27-10, 12-8 PBC) for the first day of the Bobcats’ “Senior Weekend.” The Braves took game one 8-6, while the ‘Cats claimed game two 13-2.
Georgia College started things off in game one putting up two runs in the first inning. UNCP answered back plating runs in the second and third innings to knot things up at 2-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) scored off a Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) home run. A Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) fielder’s choice sent Chandler Snell (Loganville, Ga.) home, giving the Bobcats a 5-2 lead.
However, the Braves wouldn’t go away silently as Seth Kivett put them ahead 6-5 with a grand slam in the seventh inning. Pembroke’s bats remained hot with a two-run homer by Kenny Mickens in the eighth.
Down 8-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Pitts doubled again with two outs, plating Paul Bordon (Martinez, Ga.). The next Bobcat flied out to leftfield, giving the Braves the 8-6 win.
Game two as a completely different story as the Georgia College bats came alive, out-hitting Pembroke 14-8 in the 13-2 victory. Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) improved to 4-0 on the season, pitching a complete game. The junior gave up eight hits, walked three and fanned seven.
The Bobcats hit four home runs with Pitts, Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.), Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) and Andrew Evans (Milledgeville, Ga.) recording those. Ward went 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI, while Pirkle was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Pitts went 2-for-5, scoring twice and batting in two more, while Evans claimed three RBI.
The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, April 11 to close out the three-game series and “Senior Weekend” at 1 p.m.
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