MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Baseball program (9-5) fought back from an early four-run deficit to defeat the Philadelphia University Rams (0-5) 8-4, at John Kurtz Field Friday evening.
The Bobcats found themselves in an early 4-0 hole after the first two frames, but managed to respond with back-to-back four-run innings in the sixth and seventh. Georgia College finished the contest scoring eight runs on 11 hits and zero defensive miscues.
The Rams tallied their first two runs on a two-run blast over the right field wall by first-baseman Steven Wells. The following inning, Richard Joa drove in two more runs to give the Rams a 4-0 lead heading into the third.
Bobcat Starting Pitcher Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) found his groove in the third, retiring 13 straight Rams hitters to keep Georgia College in a position to win in the late innings. The Bobcats remained scoreless up until the sixth inning, where they forced the Rams to go to their bullpen after southpaw Abraham Almonte shut down Georgia College for 5 1/3 innings.
Georgia College took advantage of the Rams bullpen in the sixth, with junior Wesley Wommack (Monroe) knocking a three-run bomb over the right-center field wall directly after the Philadelphia starting pitcher was pulled. The Bobcats tacked on one more in the inning off a defensive error by the Rams, tying the game at 4-4 heading into the seventh frame.
Georgia College matched their four-spot in the sixth, with another four-run inning in the bottom of the seventh. Brandon Purcell (Glennville) got things going with a lead-off triple and was driven in on an RBI single from Brandon Benson (Loganville). Wommack came to the dish with two runners on, and smacked a double down the left field line, scoring two for his fifth RBI of the day. Wommack finished his evening going 3-for-4 with two extra-base hits and two runs scored. The four runs in the bottom of the seventh gave the Bobcats an 8-4 lead heading into the final two innings.
Brady Walsh (Marietta) shut the door on the Rams with a solid 2 2/3 innings of relief work, sealing the victory for Georgia College. Walsh earned the win, only allowing two hits on zero runs while fanning three.
Benson and Nate Schmal (Cumming) both had two-hit evenings for the blue and green. Schmal went 2-for-5 with a run scored and Benson 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow for a doubleheader against Philadelphia Saturday, March 4 at noon.
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