MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (5-5) earned a split with a great-pitching Pfeiffer University (5-5) team Friday, rebounding from a heartbreaking 2-1 loss for a 6-1 victory in game two at John Kurtz Field.
Game one was an amazing pitchers' duel, as both teams combined for just 11 hits.
Falcon starter Brian Tuttle (2-1) out-dueled GC's Mike Guinane (Waterloo, Ill.), as both men made it into the eighth inning. Tuttle finished with seven innings, scattering five hits without a walk, and one run with five whiffs. Guinane (0-2) lasted 7 2/3 innings, surrendering just one earned run and striking out four in the loss. PU reliever Craig Bolton picked up his first save of the year in two innings, allowing just one hit.
GC put one up in the first inning combining a pair of hit batsmen, with a sacrifice bunt and a sac fly from catcher Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.). Maas finished 2-for-3 with that RBI.
To his credit, Tuttle limited the damage in the inning. Pfeiffer tied it up in the sixth off a Bobcat error, then an RBI single from first baseman Jon Gray gave the Falcons the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Game two was another pitchers' showcase for the first seven innings. Similar to game one, GC was up 2-0 after single runs each in the third and fifth, but the Falcons cut the lead in half in the sixth. GC then got a big four-run inning in the eighth to push the game out of reach.
The big hit of the eighth was a two-run single from shortstop Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.). The Preseason All-American finished 3-for-5 with a trio of RBI. The only other multi-hit game came from leadoff man Josh Young (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.), posting a 2-for-4 effort with an RBI and a run.
Junior righty Darin Wiltgen (Reno, Nev.) had his third-consecutive solid start, mowing through batters while allowing just one run on seven hits and fanning four. Wiltgen improves to 2-1 on the season. Eric Shuford (0-1) went six innings, allowing just two runs in the loss.
Pfeiffer first baseman Gray had a great doubleheader, hitting a combined 4-for-8 with two runs and an RBI.
Due to inclement weather forecasted for tomorrow, Feb. 18, the final game of the three game set has been pushed up to an 11 a.m. first pitch.
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