By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball's (7-2) offense picked up right where it left off in game two, posting a colossal 19 runs on Embry-Riddle University (3-7) at John Kurtz Field Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats completed a sweep with a 19-2 victory.
Embry-Riddle jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but the Bobcats found their stride in the third, putting up four runs. That started a span of 12 unanswered runs for the home team. Georgia College finished the afternoon contest with 19 runs on 20 hits.
The Bobcats managed two huge innings that essentially put the game out of reach for the Eagles. Georgia College tallied seven runs in the bottom half of the fourth, starting with an RBI double from Brandon Purcell (Glennville). Purcell later scored off a two RBI single from Brendan Holler (Gilroy, California) who has driven in at least one run in all three games during this series. Holler came around to score later in the frame off a two-RBI double from Garrett Green (Bogart).
Georgia College held a commanding 11-1 lead heading into the fifth. Purcell and Green both finished with three base-knocks on the day, driving in two and three runs respectively.
Georgia College had another big inning in the bottom half of the sixth when they scored six runs on six hits. A few of the runs came off some defensive miscues from the Eagle defense allowing the Bobcats to extend their lead even further. On top of that, junior Logan Mattix (Loganville) drove in one run on a RBI single and Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) brought in two more with a double, giving Georgia College a very comfortable 18-1 lead after six innings of play. Ayres also had a big day, posting three hits while driving in three and scoring once. Mattix had a great day at the dish as well, earning a team-high four RBIs in Sunday's contest.
Both Georgia College and Embry-Riddle managed to push one more run across in the remainder of the contest, setting the final score at 19-2.
It was a staff-day for the Georgia College pitching rotation with no one exceeding 2 1/3 innings pitched. Mattix not only had a good day at the plate, but also started on the bump for the Bobcats. In his two innings, he gave up one unearned run on three hits and added a walk and two strikeouts. It was Bradley Spinner (Roswell) who was credited with the win throwing 2 1/3, allowing no runs on one hit and two punch outs.
Georgia College Baseball looks to keep this winning streak alive when they host Newberry College this Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. before heading into conference play.
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