MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 29 Georgia College baseball team (10-3, 4-1 PBC) gave up early runs and came storming back with a vengeance in both games of a doubleheader sweep from No. 27 UNC Pembroke (11-5, 3-5 PBC) Saturday at John Kurtz Field.
After spotting the Braves a 3-0 lead in game one, it took a three-run fourth to knot things up. The inning started with three-straight singles, with the third tallying a RBI for shortstop Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.). Runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings gave Georgia College the lead. Bick finished 2-for-5 with three runs and two RBI.
Senior righty Justin Blue (Mulberry, Fla.) came one strike from the complete game, finishing with 8 2/3 innings, nine hits, five earned runs, four walks and three whiffs. Micah Thompson (Tallapoosa, Ga.) added the final out for his second save of the season.
The Bobcats pounded out 14 hits with every spot in the order getting at least one, save the eight slot. First baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) had the most hits with three, driving in a run and scoring twice. Designated hitter Taylor Hinshaw (Winder, Ga.) was 2-for-4, driving in three.
Second baseman Brandon Benson (Loganville, Ga.), centerfielder Rob Hogenkamp (St. Louis) and leftfielder Ryan Sabalaskey (Carol Stream, Ill.) each had two hits. Hogenkamp scored two runs and drove in a third, while Sabalaskey crossed the plate once.
Game two was more of the same, giving up a 2-0 lead on UNCP's first trip to the plate. Georgia College took a 3-2 lead in the second on a three-run home run by catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.). Two more runs came across in the third, adding a run each in the fifth, sixth and seventh before a four-run eighth to kick the game out of reach.
Hazel finished the game 2-for-4 with two home runs, adding a solo shot in the sixth for five total RBI and a pair of runs. Rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) was 3-for-4 including an RBI triple, finishing with four RBI and two runs. Hinshaw had two more hits, a RBI and a run, while Hogenkamp tallied two more singles and scored a run.
Starter Spencer Thomas (Loganville, Ga.) had his best effort in a Bobcat uniform, getting his first Georgia College win on seven innings, surrendering just two earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Thomas (1-0) out-dueled Brave starter Garrett Hickman (3-1) a two-time Region Pitcher of the Week.
The Bobcats get back to action looking for the series sweep tomorrow, March 2 at 1 p.m.
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