TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The No. 1 Georgia College Baseball team (44-11) battered seven Wingate University (34-19) pitchers for 13 runs in a 13-3 elimination game Friday at the NCAA Southeast Regional, hosted by North Greenville University. Reliever Bradly Cammack (Soperton, Georgia) broke the school record for victories in the process.
The No. 2-seed Bobcats advance to face the loser of today's matchup between No. 1-seed North Greenville and No. 4-seed Columbus State University. With the loss, Wingate's season has come to a close.
The Bobcats got out early, plating two runs in the first, both on groundouts. The Bulldogs answered with three to take the lead in the third, including a two-run home run from McCann Mellett. Down one the Bobcats rallied, scoring in each of their final five trips to the plate to run away with the win.
Rightfielder Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia) helped power the offense with a double and home run, finishing 2-for-6 with six RBIs and two runs. Leftfielder Brandt Stallings (Buford, Georgia) added a solo blast as part of his 2-for-3 effort, scoring three times. First baseman Matthew Miller (San Diego, California) was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. The Bobcats pounded out six extra-base hits on the day, exactly half of their hits going for extra bases.
Cammack was masterful once again, throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings, scattering five hits and two walks. He struck out four, improving to 13-2 on the year, breaking the deadlock with five players at the top of the single-season wins list. Don Mullinax, Cary Rivers, Johnny Whited, Kevin Mobley and Martin Dewald each had 12, Dewald the most recent, coming in the 2010 season.
The 44 wins for the Bobcats are the most since the 2007 season, when they finished with 46. In today's contest, centerfielder Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) drove in a run, the 215th in his career, good for fourth in school history and third in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) recordbook.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, May 19 at 11 a.m., taking on either the host NGU Crusaders or the CSU Cougars.
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