MISENHEIMER, N.C. – A doubleheader sweep for Georgia College baseball (20-9) at Pfeiffer University (13-22) gave Bobcat baseball their 20th win of the season, picking up wins by 11-9 and 21-2 scores.
Offense was abundant for Georgia College Friday, as the Bobcats scored a total of 32 runs on 41 hits.
In game one, the teams were knotted up 7-7 after six innings. A bases-loaded hit batsman plated the go-ahead run, then the Bobcats put it further out of reach with a three-run eighth.
Rob Hogenkamp (St. Louis, Mo.) went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) added a 3-for-5 effort, driving in three and scoring two. Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) finished 3-for-6, driving in a pair and scoring one. Both Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) posted two hits, Bick driving in three and scoring one with Hazel adding a run and RBI.
Bick and Ardeeser each added home runs, Ardeeser blasting a two-run shot in the third, Bick's three run shot coming in the fourth.
Reliever Christian Bragg (Augusta, Ga.) picked up the win (2-1), going 1 2/3 innings. Matt LaMothe (Troy, Mich.) got the final three outs for his third save this season. LaMothe now owns 10 career saves, making him sixth in school history, tied with Ron Thomas and Brian Brown.
The Bobcats were dominant throughout the 21-2 win in the nightcap, posting multi-run innings in five different frames.
Bick hit another home run as part of his 3-for-5 game, driving in three runs and scoring three times. Designated hitter Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) tagged two home runs, driving in six runs, finishing 3-for-5. Mikee Moore (Dunwoody, Ga.) added a solo shot, the first home run for him this season.
Sandlin, Hazel and third baseman Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.) each had three hits in game two. Donaldson drove in five while scoring three runs.
Righty starter Justin Blue (Mulberry, Fla.) shut down the Falcon bats in the win (6-2), tossing six of the seven innings while scattering six hits and two runs.
Georgia College now has 20 wins on the season, posting 20 wins per year since joining the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in 1992. The last time Georgia College baseball finished under 20 wins was 1978, going 18-15-1.
The Bobcats finish the three-game set with Pfeiffer tomorrow, March 30 at noon.
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