Seven-Run Eighth Helps GC Baseball Power to Split with Montevallo

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (28-16, 15-11 PBC) used a seven-run eighth inning to force a split of doubleheader action with the University of Montevallo (31-17, 16-13 PBC) Friday at John Kurtz Field. The Bobcats lost game one 12-6 and rebounded for a 10-9 win in game two.

In game one, the Bobcats had a 6-4 lead after a three-run fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) single.

The Falcons answered in the seventh with a two-run home run by Jackson Slaid to tie the game 6-6. Montevallo then used a six-run ninth to push the game out of reach. Pinch hitter Zach Willoughby got the scoring started by taking the first pitch of leadoff at-bat in the inning over the left center fence.

Designated hitter Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) was 3-for-5 with a run and RBI, while Hazel finished 2-for-5 with two driven in. Centerfielder Ikaika Anderson (Austell, Ga.) and shortstop Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.) each went 2-for-5 as well, scoring a run apiece.

Righty reliever Jordan Brooks (Macon, Ga.) took the loss, (2-3) tossing two innings. Montevallo reliever Aron McRee (4-0) threw three scoreless innings for the win. Slaid finished game one with a 3-for-4 effort, driving in five runs and scoring two more.

In game two, the Bobcats were posed with a 7-3 deficit headed into the bottom of the eighth. Georgia College responded with seven runs, rattling off seven hits. Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) provided a two-run double to tie it up, followed immediately by a two run single from Bick to take the lead. First baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) added an RBI double of his own to cap the scoring at 10-7.

Those extra runs would prove necessary, as the Falcons rallied for two in the top of the ninth, cutting the Bobcat lead to 10-9. The tying run was on first base when Jordan Modine (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) got a strikeout to end the game. Modine (3-0) threw 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits while fanning two for the victory. Bobcat starter Matt LaMothe (Troy, Mich.) struck out 10 Falcons over his 7 2/3 innings of work in a no-decision.

Sandlin finished 3-for-5, plating two runs and scoring another. Anderson had a 3-for-4 game two, scoring a pair of runs and driving in one. Bick recorded three RBI in game two, while Rob Hogenkamp (St. Louis) and Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.) each tallied two hits. Hogenkamp scored one run and drove in another, while Donaldson scored twice.

The loss went to UM reliever Cody Hughes (2-1) surrendering the seven-run inning. Centerfielder Aaron Hill finished game two 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBI, including a home run.

The Bobcats are now 15-11 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, good for seventh place. With four conference contests remaining, the Bobcats are just two games behind second place in the loss column.

The series-deciding game comes tomorrow, April 27 at 1 p.m. at John Kurtz Field.

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