MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Baseball program (28-11, 14-8 PBC) dropped game one of their weekend set against Georgia Southwestern State University (18-25, 10-12 PBC) at John Kurtz Field Friday evening, 7-5.
Georgia College found itself in a hole early after the Hurricanes launched a trio of home runs in the first two frames to jump out to a comfortable 6-1 advantage. The Bobcats fought back in the latter innings but came up short, producing five runs on 10 hits compared to the Hurricanes' seven runs on 11 hits.
The Bobcats first run of the ballgame came in the first inning off a defensive miscue from Georgia Southwestern, which tied the game at 1-1 after one. Georgia College was held scoreless up until the sixth inning where they trailed by a score of 7-1. The Bobcats managed to push a few across to make the game interesting late when they posted a three spot in the bottom of the sixth. Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) and Garrett Green (Bogart) both drove in runs on singles, followed by lead-off hitter Cal Gentry (Perry) who plated another on a sacrifice fly. The three runs in the sixth brought the score to 7-4 heading into the seventh.
Nothing doing for either side until the Bobcats came up in the bottom of the ninth. Georgia College managed to get the tying run to the plate with just one out, but GSW coaxed a double-play ball to end any late-inning theatrics.
A notable performance for Georgia College was sophomore righthander Perry Keith (La Grange) who kept the Bobcats within striking distance when he held the Hurricanes to just one run on three hits through 4 1/3 innings.
The Friday night loss is just the third time that the Bobcats have been defeated at John Kurtz Field in the 2017 season. The Bobcats look to get back in the win column when they host the Hurricanes for a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) doubleheader Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m.
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