By Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (11-5) clinched the weekend sweep over the Philadelphia University Rams with a pair of wins in the Saturday afternoon doubleheader at John Kurtz Field. The Bobcats faced an early deficit in both games, but their powerful offense led them to two easy victories over the Rams defeating them, 13-6 and 14-5.
In game one, Georgia College surrendered two runs in the top half of the first inning but went on a run scoring six unanswered runs leading into the fourth. The Rams retaliated with a three-run shot from Brandon Quaranta, who had a whopping three home runs over the course of the afternoon. The home run cut the Bobcat lead to 6-5 heading into the bottom half of the fourth.
Georgia College was leading 7-5 at the start of the sixth frame; Philadelphia pushed one across in the top half then the Bobcat offense exploded putting up a six-spot in the bottom of the sixth. Five of the six runs were attributed to an RBI single from Brandon Benson (Loganville), Nate Schmal (Cumming), and Logan Mattix (Loganville), along with an RBI double from catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville). Purcell had a huge afternoon accounting for eight RBIs with two home runs on the afternoon, including a grand slam in game two. The Bobcats gained a 13-6 lead after the sixth inning and maintained it until the last pitch, giving them the win.
Benson had a huge game one, going 4-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored including a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth. Graduate Phillip Stiles (Lumberton, New Jersey) made his first start for the Bobcats and made it count going 3-for -4 with two runs scored.
Game two was more to the same for the Georgia College offense, posting 14 runs on 18 hits to take down the Rams 14-5.
The Bobcats worked a 6-3 lead after the opening three innings with four of those runs coming from a Purcell grand slam in the bottom of the third. Purcell totaled six RBIs with two bombs the game two of the afternoon doubleheader.
After going scoreless in the fourth, Georgia College managed to push at least one across in every inning leading up to the final pitch, adding eight more runs secure their victory 14-5.
Schmal had another solid game going 2-for-3 at the dish with three RBIs and two runs scored, including a two-run blast in the sixth. Mattix also continued his solid play going 4-for-6 at the plate with three runs scored.
Colin LoCurto (Kennesaw) earned the win for Georgia College on the bump after relieving starter Bradly Spinner who exited due to injury. LoCurto tossed two innings allowing two runs on six hits and fanning one. Senior Trevor Guthrie (Cumming) threw a solid 3 2/3 innings of mid-relief work only allowing one run on one hit and three punchouts.
Georgia College gets back into Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play next weekend when they host the University of Montevallo Falcons on Friday, March 10 at 6 p.m. The Bobcats will first visit the Erskine College Flying Fleet this Tuesday, March 7 at 4 p.m. for mid-week non-conference matchup.
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