MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A pair of Brandon Purcell (Glennville) home runs in the final game of a three-game set keyed Georgia College baseball (9-12, 4-8 PBC) to a doubleheader sweep of Columbus State University (15-9, 4-8 PBC) 9-3 and 9-7 Sunday at John Kurtz Field. The Bobcats also take the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series from the Cougars, 2-1.
In game one, the Bobcats got some solid pitching and timely hitting to take the game 9-3. Junior lefty John Clark (Duluth) picked up the win (2-1) by going five innings, allowing just two runs on four hits and fanning one. The Bobcat bullpen shut the door for the final four innings, as Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona), Jordan Brooks (Macon) and Bryce Bush (Phoenix, Arizona) combined to allow just a single run on two hits.
Leftfielder Colton Montgomery (Cartersville) was the hitting star of game one, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, driving in three. Second baseman John Davis (Marietta) nearly matched that effort, ripping three singles in four trips, scoring three runs and driving in two more.
First baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville) hit his first home run of the young season, a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth to left center.
The Georgia College bats scored runs in seven of the nine innings, putting nine up on CSU starter Caden Ferguson in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Game two featured a big Bobcat lead early, an impressive rally for the Cougars to tie, and then a Purcell home run to win it in the bottom of the eighth.
Georgia College led 6-2 after four, and then a three-run rally for CSU cut the advantage to 6-5. After an RBI single from Jake Sandlin (Evans) in the sixth, Columbus State rallied for runs in the seventh and eighth to tie.
After a pair of outs in the bottom of the eighth, third baseman Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) yanked a 3-2 pitch through the left side after falling behind 0-2. The second pitch Purcell saw he sent over the left center fence for a two-run home run, the second of his career, and second of the game for the Bobcat freshman.
Gammon entered in the ninth, shutting down the Cougars 1-2-3 to grab his first save as a Bobcat. The win went to reliever Kyle Ward (Rincon) as the sophomore (1-1) entered in the eighth to get three outs. Cougar reliever Jake Ezell (2-1) took the loss in 4 1/3 innings of work.
Purcell finished game two with a 3-for-4 effort, the two round-trippers, four RBI and two runs scored. Sandlin and rightfielder Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) each recorded two hits, Sandlin adding a home run and two RBI, Cook a run and RBI of his own.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, March 17 at 4 p.m, traveling to Emmanuel College in non-conference play.
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