MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 13 Georgia College Baseball program (30-8, 22-2 PBC) defeated the Flagler College Saints (28-15, 15-9 PBC) in both games 8-5, at John Kurtz Field for the Saturday afternoon double header.
In game one, both squads started off the game with a run in the first frame. Flagler jumped out to an early lead in the third after a three run top half gave them a 4-1 advantage. Georgia College fought back in the bottom half with solo home run over the center field wall from Matthew Miller (San Diego, California). The Bobcats trailed the Saints 4-2 after three innings of play.
Neither team scored in the fourth or fifth, but the Bobcats kept chipping away with a run in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of a RBI single off the bat of Brendan Holler (Gilroy, California).
The difference in the game was the seventh inning. Flagler started off the top half with a solo home run, but Georgia College retaliated with a monster five-run bottom of the seventh to ultimately secure the win. Logan Mattix (Loganville) started the party with an RBI double and later scored on a wild pitch to tie things up at 5-5. Garrett Green (Bogart) gave the Bobcats their first lead with a single up the middle and then Mike Warren (Stockbridge) smacked a huge two-run pinch-hit home run to give Georgia College an 8-5 lead after seven.
Logan Howard (Cumming) entered the ballgame in the fifth inning and managed to close the door on the Saints in game one and earn his third win of the year. Howard threw five innings while allowing six hits and one earned run with a pair of strikeouts.
Game two followed the same trend as the first two games with Georgia College trailing early, and then rallying to come back to win it in the later innings.
The Bobcats trailed as much as 3-1 heading into the bottom half of the fifth when they managed to push across three runs to take a 4-3 lead after five. One of the runs was driven in by Green who went 1-for-4 on the game with a run scored.
Georgia College added to their lead with another three run inning in the bottom of the sixth. Cal Gentry (Perry) knocked in the first run with a single up the middle and Wesley Wommack (Monroe) followed him up with a two RBI single into right. Wommack also knocked in an insurance run in the eighth to go 2-for-4 in game two with three RBI.
A notable performance in game two came from Matthew Miller (San Diego, California) who went 3-for-4 with a run scored.
The story of game two was reliever Matt Studdard (Conyers) who came into the ballgame at the start of the third and ended up closing out the win for the Bobcats. He hurled a brilliant seven innings of relief work while allowing eight hits, giving up three earned runs and fanning five to earn his fourth win of the year.
Georgia College is on the road next week when they travel to Albany State University to take on the Golden Rams on Tuesday April 17 at 4:30 p.m.
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