MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Powered by an outstanding start from junior righty Darin Wiltgen (Reno, Nev.), the Georgia College baseball team (13-9, 6-3 PBC) beat No. 20 UNC Pembroke (14-9, 4-7 PBC) 3-2 Sunday afternoon at John Kurtz Field, completing a three-game series sweep for the Bobcats.
Wiltgen (3-1) tossed 7 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs, scattering seven hits and just a single walk to four strikeouts. The big righty set down 10 of the first 11 batters he faced. He began to labor a bit in the top of the eighth, hitting a batter with the bases loaded to make it 3-2, so closer Matt LaMothe (Troy, Mich.) got the last out in the eighth and pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
LaMothe walked a pair in the ninth to make things interesting, but got a grounder to short with runners on the corners to end the game. The two Bobcat pitchers didn't allow a single extra-base hit in the game.
The game went scoreless until the fifth, when catcher Benton Yaun (Marietta, Ga.) hit a bounding ball to the right side that took a funny hop on the UNCP defense and got through to the outfield. The favorable bounce allowed Josh Young (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.), who had walked, to score from second.
GC made it 2-0 on an RBI single from Travis Echols (Suwanee, Ga.) in the sixth, and after UNCP got a run on a sacrifice fly, the Bobcats tacked on another in the seventh. GC shortstop Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) pulled a single to left to score Yaun, who had reached on another single.
Yaun had a big day, going 2-for-3 with a run and RBI. Funk finished 2-for-4 with a run and RBI, while centerfielder Patrick Daugherty (Kennesaw, Ga.) also had two hits in three trips. GC pulled off the win despite just one extra-base hit, a Daugherty double.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, March 14 at 5 p.m., hosting the University of West Georgia.
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