MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 29 Georgia College Baseball program (19-9, 7-6 PBC) lost their first game at John Kurtz Field this season, falling to the No. 28 Columbus State University Cougars (20-11, 11-5 PBC) Friday evening, 6-5.
The Georgia College offense did not have much of an answer for the Cougar starting pitcher Caleb Kutsche, who tossed a complete game while allowing five earned runs on 10 hits with seven strikeouts. The Cougars racked up six runs on 11 hits.
Three Columbus State home runs put the Bobcats on the wrong side of a 5-0 contest through 4 1/2 innings of play. Georgia College cut their deficit to a three after Garrett Green (Bogart) drove in a pair of runs off a two-RBI single to put the game at 5-2 heading into the sixth. Green had a nice day at the plate going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
The Bobcats kept chipping away in the bottom of the sixth by adding a run off of an RBI single from Wesley Wommack (Monroe), to make it a 5-3 ballgame heading into the seventh.
The 5-3 score carried over into the ninth inning, where Columbus State added a much needed insurance run in the top half of the inning. Senior Brandon Benson (Loganville) smacked a two-run shot in the bottom half of the ninth, but it was not enough to overcome the three-run deficit. Benson leads the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) with 14 home runs on the year.
Pitcher Brady Walsh (Marietta) entered the contest early for the Bobcats and had a great long relief outing to keep the Blue and Green in the ballgame. Walsh entered the game in the third and hurled a total of 6 2/3 innings while allowing only one earned run on four hits while fanning five.
Georgia College looks to even the series at a game apiece when they take on the Cougars in game two of the PBC series Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
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