AIKEN, S.C.– The Georgia College baseball team (4-9, 1-5 PBC) split a day two doubleheader at USC Aiken (11-6, 4-5 PBC), the Pacers taking the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series 2-1.
The Bobcats kicked the first game of the day off with a three run first inning. Brandon Benson (Loganville, Georgia) started the first inning rally with a one out double. Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) singled to center to advance Benson to third, and Cook advancing on the throw to third. Both Benson and Cook scored on a two-RBI single from Brandon Purcell (Glenville, Georgia). The final run of the inning was scored by Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Georgia) off a Pacer error.
The next big inning from Georgia College came in the top of the third, when Ardeeser doubled to lead off the inning, then scored on a John Davis (Marietta, Georgia) single. Davis later scored on another error by USC-Aiken, off the bat of Henry Rowland (Augusta, Georgia). The Bobcats went on to score four in the inning.
John Clark (Duluth, Georgia) was the winning pitcher for game one of the double-header, as he went seven strong innings. Clark managed to strike out a pair and gave up just two earned runs on the way to his first win of the season. The Bobcats tallied 13 hits for the contest, while giving up 10. Georgia College's Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) sealed the 8-2 victory for the Bobcats, only allowing two hits in the final two innings of work.
The Pacers sent Matt Hissong to the mound for game one, he managed just four innings before the Bobcats ran him off the mound, recording the loss.
Game two was a pitchers' duel between the squads. The Bobcats sent out Cameron Busby (Grovetown, Georgia) on the hill. Busby managed to hold the Pacers to one earned run, while striking out 10. He was able to pitch eight strong innings for Georgia College, giving up his only run on a Ty Barkell single in the eighth.
The Pacers sent out Trevor Hutto, who added his fourth win of the season Saturday. Hutto matched Busby, going eight innings, but only six strikeouts. James Lynch secured the win for USC Aiken, as he got his third save of the season in game two.
The Bobcats will be back in action Tuesday, March 3 hosting North Greenville University at 3 p.m. at John Kurtz Field.
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