AMERICUS, Ga. – The No. 7 Georgia College baseball team (24-10, 9-6 PBC) split at No. 30 Georgia Southwestern State University (20-14, 8-7 PBC) Saturday, dropping game one 7-4 before taking game two 9-4. The Bobcats drop the PBC weekend series 2-1.
In game one, a four-run sixth helped power the Hurricanes past GC. The Bobcats responded with three in the seventh, but could get no closer than that.
First baseman Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) drove in a pair with a two-run home run in the seventh. Rightfielder Shawn Ward (Evans, Ga.) was 2-for-4 with a run scored, as the Bobcats were held to just five hits.
Senior righty Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) took the loss, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs amongst his seven and fanning six. Jody Sellars (2-3) picked up the win in seven innings of work, allowing just one earned run. Rightfielder Andrew Archer was 4-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
In game two, GC scored the final six runs of the ballgame to pull out a 9-4 come-from-behind victory.
GC pounded two home runs, as Maas added his second of the day, and third baseman Travis Echols (Lawrenceville, Ga.) also knocked one over the fence. Echols finished game two 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and two runs. Each of the top three slots in the Bobcat order had two hits, as Josh Young (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) was 2-for-4 with a run from the leadoff spot.
Shortstop Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) had two hits and three RBI, while Ward had two hits and a run in game two. Every spot in the Bobcat order had at least one hit.
GC reliever Taylor Hart (Colbert, Ga.) got his first career Division II win (1-0) with the final three innings of relief work, not allowing any runs on three hits. GSW starter Zach Whitman (3-3) go the loss in 7 1/3 innings of work surrendering five earned runs. Leftfielder Stephen Gaylor was 3-for-5 with a run.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, April 6 at 6 p.m., taking on Newberry College at John Kurtz Field.
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