By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (5-2) took care of business in a tight contest Friday evening, defeating the Embry-Riddle University Eagles (3-5), 6-5 at John Kurtz Field.
Timely hitting was key for the Bobcats tonight scoring six runs on six hits. The bottom five in the line-up carried the load for Georgia College on Friday, combining for all six hits and all six runs batted in.
The Eagles were the first ones on the board posting two runs off a two-out, two RBI single up the middle giving them an early 2-0 lead in the second. The Bobcats fought right back in the bottom half of the inning after two Eagle errors put Bobcats on first and second base with no outs. The runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt, followed by an RBI single by junior Nate Schmal (Cumming). The next run was scored off a fielding error by the first-basemen on a pick off play to first, scoring the tying run.
Georgia College took control of the contest in the bottom of the fourth scoring three runs off four hits. Junior Brendan Holler (Gilroy, California) sparked the Bobcats with a one out single. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Schmal and Garrett Green (Bogart) and a sacrifice fly from freshman Cal Gentry (Perry) put Georgia College back on top by a score of 5-2 after four innings of play. Schmal had a great day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
Georgia College managed to tack on one more in the bottom of the sixth off a clutch two-out RBI single from Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington). Green made the play possible after swiping second base with two outs, putting himself in scoring position for Ayers.
Embry-Riddle retaliated with a big inning of their own to make things interesting late in the ballgame. Three runs were scored over the course of the inning; the first was scored on an RBI double in the gap with one out. He later advanced to third on a wild pitch and was driven in by a sacrifice fly. The last run of the inning was due to a two-out double, scoring the runner all the way from first to make it a one-run game at 6-5 heading into the eighth.
The Eagles went down in order in both the eighth and ninth inning to wrap-up the Homecoming day victory for Georgia College, 6-5.
Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) started and earned the win for the Bobcats Friday night, throwing a solid 6 2/3 allowing five runs on nine hits and seven punch outs with no walks. Sophomore Colin LoCurto (Kennesaw) came in to relieve Hecht in the middle of the seventh to earn his first save of the season tossing 2 1/3 innings allowing zero runs on just one hit and fanning one.
Georgia College looks to take the series over Embry-Riddle with a win on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at John Kurtz Field.
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