By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 29 Georgia College Baseball program (21-9, 9-6 PBC) clinched the weekend series over the No. 28 Columbus State University Cougars (20-13, 11-7 PBC) with an 8-7 victory Sunday afternoon at John Kurtz Field.
It was another well played ballgame from both sides as the Bobcats outmatched the Cougars with eight runs on 15 hits opposed to seven runs on 13 hits from Columbus State.
The Cougars continued their weekend trend of jumping out to an early lead after scoring two in the top half of the first inning. They would maintain their 2-0 lead through the first three frames.
Columbus State plated one in the top of the fourth, but the Bobcats retaliated with a big four-run bottom of the fourth. Senior Brandon Benson (Loganville) put the Bobcats on the board with a double down the left field line to drive in his first run of the afternoon. Nate Schmal (Cumming) and Brendan Holler (Gilroy, California) drove in a run also in the fourth on a RBI single and double respectively. Georgia College held a 4-3 lead heading into the fifth.
The Cougars worked another run across the plate in the top of the fifth, but the Bobcats fought right back with another crooked number, posting a three-spot in the bottom half of the inning. Benson came up big again, blasting a two-run moonshot to deep left center to reclaim the lead for Georgia College, 6-4. The Bobcats added to their inning total with an RBI double down the left field line from Logan Mattix (Loganville) to extend their lead to 7-4 heading into the sixth. Columbus State matched the Bobcats with a three-spot of their own in the top of the sixth to tie the ball game at 7-7 after six.
Georgia College pushed across the go-ahead and game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh off another RBI double from Mattix, driving in Benson from second base. The slight one-run cushion was enough for the Bobcat bullpen to seal the victory and the series, 8-7. Benson continued to light it up with a three-hit day while driving in three and scoring three times. Mattix also had another solid performance at the dish going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
Sophomore Colin LoCurto (Kennesaw) came up big for the Blue and Green, tossing two clutch innings of late relief work while allowing no runs on one hit and two strikeouts to earn the win. Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas) closed the door on the Cougars, hurling a scoreless bottom of the ninth to earn his fourth save of his 2017 campaign.
Georgia College will be right back at John Kurtz Field for a non-conference mid-week matchup against the Panthers of Clark Atlanta University Tuesday, April 4 at 4 p.m.
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