Bobcat Baseball Evens Series at Lander with 10-6 Win

Senior Clay Ardeeser had a solo home run Saturday, one of two Bobcat round-trippers in the ninth.
Senior Clay Ardeeser had a solo home run Saturday, one of two Bobcat round-trippers in the ninth.

GREENWOOD, S.C. – In a game that featured plenty of late-inning fireworks, the Georgia College baseball team (22-15, 10-10 PBC) had just enough power to top Lander University (21-22, 10-16 PBC) 10-6 Saturday on the road. The win evens out this year's Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series at 1-1 with the deciding game coming tomorrow.

The Bobcats scored three runs each in the eighth and ninth innings to help decide the game. Rightfielder Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) was a big part of the victory, tallying an RBI single in the eighth and a two-run home run in the ninth. Mattix finished 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

First baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Georgia) also hit a home run in the ninth, a solo shot to right. He had a 2-for-5 game with two RBI and two runs. Third baseman Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) also drove in two with a two-run double in the eighth.

Lefty reliever John Clark (Duluth, Georgia) improved to 3-1 with three strong innings of work, allowing just a single run and striking out two. While righty Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) did have his 13-inning scoreless streak snapped, he did get the last five outs for his fifth save.

Lander starter Andrew Reardon (1-3) went 7 1/3 innings in the loss. Centerfielder Weston Lawing homered for the second-straight day, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs.

The Bobcats and Bearcats are back in action tomorrow, April 12 at 1 p.m. for the third and deciding bout in the series.

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