AUGUSTA, Ga. – The No. 13 Georgia College Baseball team (32-9, 23-3 PBC) saw a 5-1 lead dissolve in the seventh and eighth innings, as a tenacious Augusta University squad (13-30, 8-21 PBC) pulled off a 6-5 upset Saturday.
The Bobcats jumped in front in the third with two runs, including an RBI single from Matthew Miller (San Diego, California). Augusta answered right away to cut the lead in half, but a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth for Georgia College put the Bobcat lead at 5-1.
Augusta scored the final five runs of the game, the last four of which came on four RBI singles. Second baseman Mason Robertson provided the go-ahead run in the eighth. The Bobcats started strong in the ninth, getting a leadoff double from Miller and a sacrifice bunt to put the tie run on third with one out, but couldn't bring him across.
Catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville) was 3-for-3 with a run, while leftfielder Nate Schmal (Cumming) tallied two hits in five trips with two runs and a double. Miller also had two hits, driving in a run.
Bobcat starter Trevor Guthrie (Cumming) had a solid start, going six innings with a single earned run and five strikeouts, but didn't factor in the decision.
Georgia College is now 23-3 in PBC play, tops in league standings. The Bobcats have clinched a PBC playoff spot, and can finish no lower than second.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, April 22 at 1 p.m. for a series-deciding matchup with the Jaguars.
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