By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Georgia College Baseball program (7-3, 0-1 PBC) was unable to come up with its first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) victory Friday evening, falling to Flagler College (10-3, 1-0 PBC) on the road, 4-2.
Winners of four-straight, the Georgia College bats ran into a buzz saw Friday night going up against Michael Miaocco who was 3-0 with a sub-2.00 ERA heading into the contest. Miaocco continued his success against the Bobcats throwing seven innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts. Georgia College finished the evening scoring a total of two runs on six hits.
Flagler was on the board first, scoring a run of a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the second inning. Georgia College fought right back tallying a pair of runs off a two-RBI double by junior Brandon Purcell (Glennville, Georgia) giving the Bobcats a 2-1 advantage that held until the bottom of the fifth. The Saints managed to push one across off an RBI single through the right side, tying the game at 2-2 heading into the sixth.
Flagler took advantage of a Bobcat defensive miscue in the bottom half of the seventh to plate the go-ahead run. The Saints scored one more later in the inning off an RBI triple to right center, giving them a 4-2 lead and ultimately the win.
Junior Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek, Georgia) started on the hill for Georgia College and had a very solid outing. Though he was credited with the loss (2-2), he threw a solid six complete innings allowing just one earned on five hits and five punch outs. Senior Brady Walsh (Marietta, Georgia) also got some quality innings for the Bobcats, tossing two without allowing a run and fanning three.
Leftfielder Nate Schmal (Cumming, Georgia) had the team's only multi-hit effort with two singles in four trips.
The Bobcats look to even up the weekend series and record their first PBC win Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.
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