GC Baseball Tops North Greenville, 7-3

Shortstop Brandon Benson had three hits and a run.
Shortstop Brandon Benson had three hits and a run.

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (5-9) took over Tuesday's game with North Greenville University (8-10) early, riding a solid start from freshman pitcher Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) to a 7-3 win at John Kurtz Field.  

The rookie righthander, making his first career start, got past some first-inning jitters by allowing a single Crusader run. Second baseman Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) tied the game on an RBI double in the bottom of the first, extending his hit streak to 14 games. Two batters later, catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville) would drive home Cook with a single to left, giving the Bobcats a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Georgia College pushed the game out of reach in the third, when leftfielder Colton Montgomery (Cartersville) singled with the bases loaded and two out, driving in two for a 4-1 lead. The fourth inning featured a solo blast from centerfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans), the junior's second this season. A run each in the seventh and eighth capped the scoring for the Bobcats.

Montgomery and shortstop Brandon Benson (Loganville) each had three hits, Montgomery driving in two and Benson scoring another.

Hecht (1-0) went six solid innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and fanning one. Conner Alford (Macon) and Jordan Brooks (Macon) each supplied scoreless innings in relief.

NGU starter Hunter Dilworth fell to 3-2 with the loss, going two innings with two earned runs. Shortstop Allen Staton had two hits and an RBI double.

The Bobcats are back in action Friday, March 6 at 5 p.m., traveling to the University of North Georgia.

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