MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – It was hits aplenty at John Kurtz Field Saturday, as the Georgia College baseball team (14-7, 7-3 PBC) outlasted Francis Marion University (10-8, 5-5 PBC) 19-11. The teams combined for 30 runs on 38 hits.
FMU posted an early 6-0 lead in the second inning. The Bobcats battled back with multi-run innings from the second to the fifth, eventually taking their first lead at 9-8 on a five-run fourth. The go-ahead run came in on a Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) three-run blast, his third home run this season.
Georgia College posted five more runs in the fifth to push it further out of reach, adding two more in the seventh and three in the eighth for good measure.
The fifth was highlighted by a grand slam from shortstop Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.), the first home run of the junior's career.
Maas finished 3-for-6 with five RBI and two runs, coming a double shy of the cycle. Bick was 3-for-6 with six RBI and four runs, while third baseman Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.) posted a 4-for-5 day with two RBI and two runs.
Leftfielder Taylor Hinshaw (Winder, Ga.) had three hits in five trips, plating three and scoring one, while Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.), Ryan Sabalaskey (Carol Stream, Ill.) and Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) had two hits each. Sabalaskey scored four runs from the leadoff spot, adding two RBI, while Ardeeser's hits inched his hit streak to 19 straight games.
Lefty starter John Clark (Duluth, Ga.) was the benefactor of all of this offense, improving to 4-1 despite allowing 12 hits and eight runs. Freshman righty Jordan Brooks (Macon, Ga.) tossed the final four frames, allowing two earned runs on five hits for his first save.
Jeffery Stoner (3-1) took the loss in four innings of work. Designated hitter Will Chandler wowed the crowd with two home runs on a 3-for-5 day, scoring three runs and driving in four.
The Bobcats remain undefeated at home this season, an 11-0 record.
The Bobcats and Patriots complete the three-game set tomorrow, March 17 in doubleheader action at 1 p.m.
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