MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The No. 27 Georgia College Baseball team (31-13) got great pitching and timely hitting Sunday in beating Auburn University-Montgomery (27-23) 5-2.
In another low-scoring affair, the Bobcats came out on the winning end, never trailing in the contest. GC Baseball broke the scoreless tie in the fourth, when centerfielder Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) doubled home a run, then later scored on a groundout. AUM cut the lead in half in the bottom of the frame.
It took until the eighth for the Bobcats to get two runs of insurance, when shortstop Brandon Benson (Loganville, Georgia) clobbered his 21st home run of the season after third baseman Cal Gentry (Perry, Georgia) led the inning with a single. Benson is now two round-trippers behind the single-season record set by GC Athletics Hall of Famer Phil Arp in 1983. Benson's 42 career home runs is tied with another GC Athletics Hall of Famer Tom Gorman for fourth in school history.
Again the Warhawks answered with an RBI single from Trevor Flynn in the bottom of the eighth, but could inch no closer. Gentry capped the scoring with an RBI double of his own in the ninth, and closer Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas) shut down AUM in the ninth for a two-inning save, his seventh of the season.
Righty starter Trevor Guthrie (Cumming, Georgia) was masterful, scattering a whopping 12 hits for just two runs over seven innings. Guthrie (4-2) fanned two while not walking a single batter. Chase Johnson (6-5) was the hard-luck loser in a complete-game effort.
Gentry finished 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI, while Benson added a 2-for-5 effort, driving in two and scoring twice.
The regular season has come to a close for GC Baseball, as the Bobcats now await seeding for the upcoming Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament. Georgia College is positioned third in the league standings, going 16-8 in PBC play. The PBC Tournament will be held May 10-13 at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina.
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