Holler’s Heroics Help #22 Bobcat Baseball Upset #2 Tampa in 3-2 Thriller

Senior designated hitter Brendan Holler
Senior designated hitter Brendan Holler

TAMPA, Fla. -  Senior Brendan Holler (Gilroy, California) drove in the go-ahead run and Bradly Cammack (Soperton, Georgia) tossed 3 2/3 scoreless in relief as the No. 22 Georgia College Baseball team (3-1) topped No. 2 University of Tampa (2-2) 3-2 Friday night on the road.

Tied 2-2 into the top of the ninth, Nate Schmal (Cumming, Georgia) led with a walk. After a successful sacrifice bunt from Garrett Green (Bogart, Georgia), Holler smashed a single up the middle for the 3-2 lead. Cammack got two quick outs in the bottom half, then walked the third batter. The righty then dug deep to fan the final batter of the game for the win.

Tampa jumped in front in the first with a run, but the Bobcats matched right away in the top of the second. First baseman John Davis (Marietta, Georgia) brought home Green with a single to center for a 1-1 tie. After Tampa scored again in the fifth, the Bobcats responded in their next at-bat again, when Schmal doubled down the leftfield line to tie the game at two, setting up Holler's heroics.

Holler finished 2-for-2 with the big RBI, and Green was the only other multi-hit performer, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Cammack (1-0) tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings with just one hit and one walk. He fanned four. Starter Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek, Georgia) set the table with 5 1/3 innings, surrendering just two runs on six hits and a walk, striking out seven.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. for game two of the three-game set with the Spartans.

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