MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A late rally in game one and a dominant pitching performance in game two helped Georgia College baseball (20-14, 9-9 PBC) sweep Francis Marion University (22-12, 11-8 PBC) 8-5 and 6-1 Saturday at John Kurtz Field. The wins helped the Bobcats take the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series from FMU, 2-1.
In game one, Georgia College got four runs in the bottom of the seventh, then turned the game over to the bullpen to secure the win. In the seventh, Jake Sandlin (Evans) had a run-scoring double, coming in on a single by Clay Ardeeser (Loganville). Logan Mattix (Loganville) capped the inning with a two-run single.
Righty Jordan Brooks (Macon) entered in the top of the seventh to get the final out, then threw a scoreless eighth. Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) took the ball in the ninth, striking out the side for his fifth save. Brooks improves to 3-0 with the win in relief.
Second baseman Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) had three hits in five trips, scoring two runs. Sandlin finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run, while Mattix finished with three RBI on the game.
The second matchup was dominated by freshman righty Cameron Busby (Grovetown) from start to finish. The defending PBC Freshman of the Week was masterful, scattering eight hits for a single run in the fourth. Busby (2-2) struck out a career-high 11 and didn't allow a single walk in the complete-game effort, his second of the year.
The offensive star was Brandon Benson (Loganville), going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Leftfielder Colton Montgomery (Cartersville) added two hits and a run, while Ardeeser also had two hits and drove in one.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m., playing host to Emmanuel College. The contest will also serve as GC Baseball's annual Miracle League Game, raising funds for the Macon Miracle League.
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