ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Georgia College Baseball (7-5, 0-3 PBC) makes a late game run but could not come up with the victory Sunday, falling to the Flagler College Saints (12-3, 3-0 PBC) on the road, 6-5.
Sunday afternoon's contest followed suit with the rest of the weekend, bringing another thrilling Peach Belt Conference (PBC) matchup. Game three fittingly came down to the wire with Georgia College threatening in the bottom of the ninth down 6-5. The bases were loaded with nobody out, but the Saints managed to work out of the jam by forcing a pair of shallow fly balls and a ground out. The Bobcats put together a total of five runs on 10 hits, compared to the Saints who tallied six runs on 11 hits.
Flagler got on the board early, scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the first off an RBI double in the right-center field gap. The Bobcats pushed one across in the top half of the second, taking advantage of a Saint wild pitch. Flagler got the run right back in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI infield single, giving them a 2-1 lead heading into the third.
The Saints tacked on two more in the both the fourth and fifth, extending their lead to 6-1 after six innings of play.
Georgia College started to make things interesting when they posted a four-spot in the top of the sixth to cut their deficit to just one. Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) continued his hot play with a bases-loaded single that drove in one. Pinch-hitter Evan Troutt (Alpharetta, Georgia) was next at the dish and tacked on a three RBI single to right center field but was thrown out at second trying to extend his single into a double.
Flagler maintained their one-run lead with some quality relief innings out of their bullpen. Ryan Ashworth was brought into a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the bottom half of the ninth and was able to work his way out. Ashworth earned the save and clinched the sweep over the Bobcats in game three victory, 6-5.
Catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville, Georgia) continued his steady play with another two-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Garrett Green (Bogart, Georgia) also had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-3 on the afternoon.
Georgia College looks to get back on track when they host Albany State University at John Kurtz Field for a mid-week non-conference matchup Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.
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