MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Posting an 11-run third inning, the No. 3 Georgia College baseball team (10-2) welcomed Philadelphia University (0-1) to the start of the 2011 season very rudely Friday night, beating the Rams 24-0 at John Kurtz Field.
The Bobcats pounded out 24 runs on 20 hits, combined with a 13-strikeout performance from lefty starter Jason Nicholas (Wright City, Mo.) for the lopsided victory.
GC sent 17 hitters to the plate in the 11-run third inning, also taking advantage of 11 total walks in the game by four PhillyU pitchers.
Shortstop Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) was 3-for-4 with six RBI and three runs, while designated hitter Ikaika Anderson (Austell, Ga.) hit a three-run home run as part of a 3-for-5 performance, driving in four and scoring three times.
Nicholas (3-1) threw six innings, allowing just two hits, both singles. He fanned 13 batters, the first Bobcat to do that since Martin Dewald (2009-10) set down 13 against Armstrong Atlantic May 1, 2010. Sophomore Michael Jeanes (Peachtree City, Ga.) tallied his first career save, going three innings of no-hit ball and fanning four.
To find a game where the Bobcats scored more runs, one would have to go back to March 21, 2007, a 30-6 win over Albany State University.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader with the Rams.
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