#1 GC Baseball Slides by Saints, 4-2

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – On the strength of a trio of great pitchers and some timely hitting, the No. 1 Georgia College baseball team (15-2, 1-0 PBC) opened the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) season with a victory Sunday, taking down No. 11 North Georgia (11-4, 1-3 PBC) 4-2.

Seniors Jason Nicholas (Wright City, Mo.), Ryan Parson (Madison, Ga.) and Tanner Moore (Thomasville, Ga.) combined to allow just two runs on nine hits, stifling the Saints bats to set the table for the victory. Nicholas tossed the first five, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four. Parson threw three scoreless with a pair of whiffs, and Moore shut the door for his fifth save, tossing a perfect ninth.

GC got three runs in the fourth, putting up four singles after an out. Benton Yaun (Marietta, Ga.) was the third safety, bringing home Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) to start the scoring. Third baseman Travis Echols (Lawrenceville, Ga.) joined the hit parade next, singling home Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.). Freshman Matthew Robinson (Hull, Ga.) then capped the run with an RBI double to left center, plating Yaun.

North Georgia responded with a pair in the bottom half of the fifth, both runs coming on a double by Kenny Belevance.
GC then pushed the lead back out of reach in the eighth, taking advantage of a walk and a Saint miscue. A throwing error on a grounder to the third baseman allowed Ikaika Anderson (Austell, Ga.) to score from second.
Funk finished 4-for-5 with a run improving his batting average to .377, while Yaun went 2-for-5 scoring once and driving in one. Yaun is now hitting .366. Georgia College has now won 12 in a row.
The Bobcats finish the three-game set with the Saints tomorrow, March 7 with a doubleheader beginning at noon.

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