By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Baseball program (1-0) began their 2017 campaign with an Opening Day win over the Ohio Valley University Fighting Scots (0-1) 12-1 at John Kurtz Field Friday evening.
It was a chilly night in Milledgeville, but the cold did not stop Bobcats from having an explosive night with the sticks. Georgia College managed 12 runs on 12 hits and one error. Leadoff hitter Wesley Wommack (Monroe) got things rolling for the Bobcats early, with a double in the gap later scoring off a sacrifice fly from Logan Mattix (Loganville). Georgia College tacked on two more runs in the second when Cal Gentry (Perry) tallied his first career RBI lacing a hot shot up the middle, knocked down by the Fighting Scot second baseman, but was unable to make the play.
The Bobcats started to break the game open when the fourth inning came around. Georgia College put up five runs, three coming off the bat of clean-up man Brandon Purcell (Glennville) who smacked a bases-clearing triple. Purcell had a big day going 2-for-5 with a total of four RBIs.
Georgia College added some more insurance in the eighth when newcomers Phillip Stiles (Lumberton, New Jersey) and Evan Trout (Alpharetta) led off the inning with back-to-back doubles, giving Trout his first career RBI. Three runs were scored throughout the inning after the Fighting Scots kicked the ball around the yard giving the Bobcats a couple unearned runs. Brady Walsh (Marietta) came in for the top of the ninth and closed the door with two punchouts and a flyout to end the game.
A notable game came from junior third baseman Nate Schmal (Cumming) as well who reached base twice going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Junior Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) had a great opening day performance earning the win for the home squad, tossing four innings allowing no runs on one hit with four strikeouts and a walk. Senior Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas) split the contest with Hecht, also tossing a solid four complete innings giving up one earned on six hits, three strikeouts and a walk.
The Bobcats are back at the Kurtz Saturday, Feb. 4 to face off in game two of their opening weekend series against Ohio Valley at 2 pm.
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