MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – With a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship hanging on the results of the three-game set, the Georgia College baseball team (28-28, 18-9 PBC) got things started on the right foot, pounding out a 19-2 victory over No. 5 Armstrong (35-11, 19-9 PBC) Saturday at John Kurtz Field.
The Pirates scored the first two runs of the game in the second, then GC countered with 19 unanswered scores. The sixth and seventh innings were the most fruitful, as the Bobcats put up 13 over those two frames.
Lost in the offense was a gem by lefty starter Mike Guinane (Glenview, Ill.). The junior (3-6) recorded his second complete game of the year, fanning 11 and allowing just two runs on six hits. The 11 strikeouts are the most by Guinane in a Bobcat uniform, and the most put up by a Bobcat pitcher since Martin Dewald (2009-10) struck out 13 against Armstrong May 1, 2010.
Five Bobcat batters recorded three hits each, as the 5-6-7 starters in the order went a combined 12-for-17 with five RBI and 10 runs. Catcher Benton Yaun (Marietta, Ga.) was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs, while first baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) mimicked the hitting numbers, adding three runs and an RBI. Rightfielder Bryce Williams (Manhattan, Kan.) continued a torrid pace with a 3-for-3 day, including three runs and an RBI triple.
Second baseman Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.) was 3-for-4 with three runs, and leadoff man Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) was 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs. Third baseman Travis Echols (Suwanee, Ga.) had his lone hit go for a two-run home run in the seventh, his sixth of the season.
The 19 runs was the second most GC has put up this season, behind the 23 against Clark-Atlanta University Feb. 15. The 20 hits are also the second most this year, behind 22 at the University of Montevallo March 25.
Prior to the game, the Bobcat Athletic Department honored GC baseball's nine seniors. Funk, Echols, Yaun, Matt Kaplan (Alpharetta, Ga.), Patrick Daugherty (Kennesaw, Ga.) – who drove in three runs, Josh Young (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) – who added a sacrifice fly, Walker McKinven (Lake Bluff, Ill.), Derek McGowan (Raytown, Mo.), and Chris George (Woodstock, Ga.).
The Bobcats finish the three-game set with the Pirates with a doubleheader tomorrow, April 29 at 1 p.m. If GC can pull off the sweep, it takes the 2012 PBC Championship.
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