By Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A walk off three-run home run from Flagler College (11-3, 2-0 PBC) earned the Saints a series clinching victory over Georgia College (7-4, 0-2 PBC) Saturday afternoon, in an exciting extra innings Peach Belt Conference (PBC) contest, 11-9.
It was another tight ballgame at Drysdale Field, with both sides showing their offensive strengths. The Bobcats finished their afternoon recording a total of nine runs on 14 hits compared to Flagler, who pushed across 11 on 15 hits. Georgia College had the lead heading into the bottom half of the 10th, but a three-run shot from Jason Moore sealed the victory for the Saints.
Both offenses got things going right out of the gate with a total of six runs scored in the first inning. Senior Brandon Benson (Loganville, Georgia) set the tone early with a two-run home run to left, tallying his sixth blast and 16th RBI of the year. Flagler fought right back posting a four-spot in the bottom half of the inning, three of which coming off a bases-loaded triple from Cole Ondrejka. The Saints led 4-2 after the first.
Flagler managed to push one more across off a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third, giving the Saints a 5-2 lead that stuck until the top of the sixth. The Bobcats started making a late-game run when Brandon Purcell (Glennville, Georgia) blasted his first home run of the year over the left field wall to make it a 5-4 game.
The Bobcats held Flagler in the bottom half of the sixth, then posted four runs in the top of the seventh to give them an 8-5 lead. The Bobcats scored two off a wild pitch and a RBI single from junior Nate Schmal (Cumming, Georgia). Purcell came up clutch again for the Bobcats, hitting another two-run shot over the left-center field fence. The junior catcher had a big day going 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs. Schmal also had a two-hit afternoon going 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored.
The Saints got themselves right back in the game when Moore hit a three-run home run in the bottom half of the seventh to knot things up 8-8. Pitcher Colin LoCurto (Kennesaw, Georgia) came up big for the Bobcats, working out of a bases-loaded one-out jam in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the afternoon contest into extras.
Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia) got things going in the 10th with a lead-off double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. He was driven in by a sacrifice fly from senior Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) giving the Bobcats a 9-8 advantage heading into the bottom of the 10th. Ayres had a nice day at the dish going 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
The Saints' first two batters of the inning reached base and advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. Moore came to the plate with one out in the inning and struck his second three-run homer of the game giving Flagler the win 11-9.
Cal Gentry (Perry, Georgia) continued his steady role in the nine-hole, going 2-for-5 and also scoring a run.
Georgia College looks to get back in the win column and avoid the sweep Sunday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m.
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