By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Informtion Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A six-spot from the Georgia College (6-2) offense in the bottom half of the eighth surged the Bobcats over Embry-Riddle University (3-5), 11-6 at John Kurtz Field Saturday afternoon.
Saturday's contest got off to a late start due to some passing weather, but it did not slow down the Georgia College bats. The Bobcats found themselves trailing 6-5 after the Eagles posted three runs in the top half of the eighth. Georgia College retaliated with a huge inning in the bottom half, tallying six runs coming off a pair of monster home runs from Nate Schmal (Cumming) and Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington). The Bobcats posted 11 runs on a whopping 15 hits for the game, to take the win and the series over Embry-Riddle.
Georgia College got their bats going right out of the gate, posting two runs on two hits to give them a 2-0 advantage heading into the second. Wesley Wommack (Monroe) got things going with a lead-off double and was driven in off a triple from senior Brandon Benson (Loganville). Benson scored on the next play off a sacrifice fly. The senior finished his afternoon going 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Wommack served his role as lead-off man well, going 3-for-5 while scoring two runs.
Embry-Riddle chipped away and managed to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Schmal led-off the inning reaching first on a fielding error, then rounded the bases and scored all the way from first on a pinch-hit RBI double from Brendan Holler (Gilroy, California). Holler later scored on a wild pitch, giving the Bobcats a one-run lead heading into the seventh.
Things started to heat up when the eighth inning rolled around. The Eagles tallied three runs off an RBI single and a two-run blast to take the lead 6-5, with the Georgia College bats due up in the bottom half. The Bobcats took the lead and added plenty of insurance putting up six runs on seven hits to give them a five-run advantage heading into the final frame. The runs came off the homers from Schmal and Ayres along with a RBI double from Purcell and a RBI single from Logan Mattix (Loganville).
Embry-Riddle had no answer for the Bobcats' huge eighth inning, sealing a victory and the series win for Georgia College.
Senior Kane Keith (Hogansville) started on the bump for the Bobcats Saturday, tossing five innings giving up two earned on five hits, one walk and five strikeouts. It was senior Brady Walsh (Marietta) who received the win for Georgia College, closing the door on the Eagles, throwing 1 1/3, allowing no runs on just one hit.
The Bobcats are back at the Kurtz tomorrow and look to complete the clean sweep over Embry-Riddle Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m.
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