FLORENCE, S.C. – The Georgia College Baseball team (32-13) couldn't have started the postseason any better than a dominant 14-0 performance against Flagler College (28-23) in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament opener.
The No. 3-seed Bobcats pounded out 24 hits for their 14 runs, in a run-rule shortened seven-inning victory over the No. 6-seed Saints. The Bobcats advance to take on the winner of No. 7-seed Lander University and No. 2-seed USC Aiken Thursday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Every slot in the Georgia College order posted hits today, led by PBC Player of the Year Brandon Benson (Loganville, Georgia) at a 4-for-5 day, with four runs scored. Leftfielder Nate Schmal (Cumming, Georgia) also had four hits, scoring a run and driving in another.
The Bobcats nearly fell in a hole early, committing two errors in the first inning and loading the bases for the Saints. Righty starter Brady Walsh (Marietta, Georgia) got the Bobcats out of that jam and was masterful the rest of the way. Walsh (6-2) finished with six shutout innings, allowing three hits and walking one while fanning five Flagler hitters.
Georgia College had multi-run innings in each of the first four frames, keeping the pressure on the Saints, who sent five different pitchers to the hill, none lasting two innings.
All-PBC outfielder Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia) had three hits in five trips, getting all three of his RBIs on one swing with a bases-loaded double in the third. All-PBC First Team third baseman Cal Gentry (Perry, Georgia) went 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI, while All-PBC Second Teamer Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) added three RBIs and three hits.
All-PBC catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville, Georgia) and first baseman Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) each had two hits and two RBIs. Designated hitter Phillip Stiles (Lumberton, New Jersey) posted two hits with an RBI and a run.
The 24 hits marks the eighth time this season the Bobcat Baseball team has posted more than 20 hits in a game this season.
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