#10 Bobcats Use Late Inning Scores to Get by North Greenville, 12-10

#10 Bobcats Use Late Inning Scores to Get by North Greenville, 12-10

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant


TIGERVILLE, S.C. Scoring seven runs in the game’s final three innings, the No. 10 Georgia College & State University baseball team (31-12) won its fifth-straight game defeating North Greenville University (37-10) Thursday by the score of 12-10. First baseman Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) drove home the game-winner in the top of the ninth.

Rightfielder Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) continued to have a hot bat for the ‘Cats as he unloaded with two home runs and five RBI. The junior along with centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) led the squad with three hits each as Ward went 3-for-6 and Harrell was 3-for-5 on the day.
Leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.), Pitts, catcher Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) and designated hitter Brett George (Dacula, Ga.) all added two hits apiece for the Bobcat offense. Allen and Pitts both tallied an RBI while scoring twice, as the “Nightmare from Norcross” hit a two-run blast in the fifth inning to get the Bobcats within two, a 7-5 NGU lead.
Ward hit a two-run blast in the third and later in the seventh added another two-run shot as Georgia College accumulated five runs to go up 10-7. North Greenville came right back, scoring two runs in the seventh and adding another run in the eighth.
With the score knotted up at 10, Allen started the ninth inning off with a single and advanced to second on a Harrell sacrifice bunt. Pitts hit an RBI single to score Allen and advanced to second on the throw home. Pitts then swiped his team-best 22nd stolen base of the year to get to third, eventually scoring to put the Bobcats up 12-10.
Reliever Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was able to pick up the win (4-4) going 1 2/3 innings allowing two hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
Randy Stegall and Adam Taylor led the Crusaders with three hits a piece as Taylor had a team-high four RBI.

Georgia College finishes the series with North Greenville Friday, April 23 a doubleheader, the first contest starting at 1:30 p.m.

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