MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (7-12, 2-8 PBC) couldn't overcome 24 hits by Columbus State University (15-7, 4-6 PBC) Saturday in a 16-4 loss at John Kurtz Field. Twenty-three of the 24 hits by CSU were singles.
Columbus State put up runs in all but two of the innings Saturday, including multi-run innings in six of the seven. The Cougars plated two runs in the first on four hits, just one of which made it past the Georgia College infield. The big inning was a four-run fifth, as CSU rattled off five singles in that frame.
The Bobcats got a 2-for-2 effort from designated hitter Brandon Purcell (Glennville) as the freshman ripped a pair of doubles, including one in the fifth to score the first Bobcat run. After two groundouts, third baseman Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) blasted a double off the wall on the fly to left. Two pitches later, Purcell sent one to dead center to score Giesel. The Bobcat third baseman finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Georgia College starter Jake Anthony (Canton) took the loss, throwing five innings and allowing seven earned runs to fall to 1-3. Mike McGinnity (3-0) got the win in 6 2/3 innings of work. The Cougars got hits from all nine starters, including a 5-for-6 game from designated hitter Blaine Miller, driving in four runs and scoring two.
The Bobcats will need a sweep of tomorrow's doubleheader to take the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series, as the two teams will square off again for two games starting at 1 p.m.
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