#10 Bobcats’ Bombs Burn #14 Blazers 8-4, Coach Carty Wins 100th

#10 Bobcats’ Bombs Burn #14 Blazers 8-4, Coach Carty Wins 100th

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Two home runs and four RBI from junior Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) led the No. 10 Bobcat baseball team (30-12, 17-4 PBC) at Georgia College & State University to an 8-4 victory over No. 14 Valdosta State University (35-13, 9-3 GSC). Head coach Tom Carty also picked up his 100th career win in just his third season.

Georgia College struck first when shortstop Chandler Snell (Loganville, Ga.) hit an infield single, scoring catcher Benton Yaun (Marietta, Ga.).

The Blazers answered right back getting two runs in the top of the third. Ryan Danbury came across the plate on a Clayton Cain single and then Josh Vining knocked in Jon Koenigsfeld.
Down 2-1, the Bobcats’ bats came alive and tallied four runs as Ward hit a three-run bomb that hit the scoreboard in leftfield. Designated hitter Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) later hit a sacrifice fly to bring in first baseman Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.), who finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Harrell leads the team with 78 hits on the 2010 season.
Ward struck gold again in the fifth, hitting a solo blast to leftfield and finished the game 3-for-3 adding three runs. Ward and Pirkle are tied with a team-best 12 home runs while the junior rightfielder is second on the team with 61 RBI, two behind team-leader Pitts. 

In the seventh, Yaun hit a single up the middle to record his 14th and 15th RBI of the season as Ward and Pitts crossed the plate.

Powerful lefty Jason Nicholas (Wright City, Mo.) got the win to go 4-2 on the season. The junior went six innings allowing three runs on five hits while walking five and recording nine strikeouts.
Brandon Decker, Jordan Yost and Cain all had multi-hit games for Valdosta State, recording two apiece. Cain had a team-high two RBI.

With today’s victory at John Kurtz Field, head coach Carty recorded his 100th win while at the helm at Georgia College. Carty is now 100-55 (.645) over two seasons. His win percentage ranks second in Georgia College history, while the win total places him fourth. 

Georgia College travels to North Greenville University for a three-game series, starting with a single game Thursday, April 22 at 3 p.m. in Taylors, S.C. The doubleheader will be played Friday, April 23 with the first game at 1:30 p.m.

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