MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In two tightly-contested matchups, the #6 Georgia College Baseball team (8-4, 3-0 PBC) closed out the series with Georgia Southwestern State University (3-7, 0-3 PBC) with a pair of wins to secure the three-game sweep Saturday afternoon at John Kurtz Field.
The first win of the day came courtesy of Wesley Wommack (Monroe) and his late-game heroics, as his line drive to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled the Bobcats to a walk-off 3-2 victory.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the sixth, Georgia College plated their first run of the day when Garrett Green (Bogart) singled to left field, bringing in Cal Gentry (Perry). Another single-run inning came in the eighth, as a Cassius Young (Atlanta) ground ball brought in Gentry for his second run of the contest.
Wommack's single in the ninth scored Shane Connahan (Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania) who reached on a single of his own earlier in the inning. Wommack finished game one going 4-for-5 from the plate, with the fourth hit leading to the game-winning run batted in (RBI).
Right-hander Perry Keith (LaGrange) picked up the decision, coming on for 1 1/3 innings of relief action, surrendering no runs and no hits with two strikeouts. With Chris Rolick (Marietta) pitching well in the start, Kyle King (Johns Creek), Colin LoCurto (Kennesaw) and Brad Spinner (Roswell) aided Keith in finishing out the game. King pitched four innings, giving up just a single run while fanning three Hurricane batters.
Game three of the series was close as well, as Georgia Southwestern held a lead throughout much of the contest. After two innings, the Bobcats faced a 4-run deficit for the first time in the series. A run in the fourth, three runs in the sixth, and two runs in the eight secured the second comeback win for the Bobcats, taking the game and sweeping the series with a 6-5 final.
The game-tying run came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Cam Hill (Marietta) launched a deep sacrifice fly to left center to score Connahan. Gentry provided the insurance, scoring Tarez Miller (McDonough) with a massive go-ahead triple that nearly left the yard.
The insurance proved to be all the Bobcats needed, as Ashton Sturgell (Evans) and Chandler Amason (Grayson) combined to shut the door in the ninth. Sturgell picked up the win with 2/3 innings pitched without allowing a run or a hit. Amason notched his first save of the season.
Throughout the game, Georgia College combined for 11 hits. Connahan powered the offensive with a 2-for-3 performance, scoring three of the six runs. Miller picked up two RBI on the day, bringing his season total to 10.
With the sweep, the Bobcats look forward to next week as they hit the road, travelling to Young Harris to take on the Mountain Lions in more Peach Belt Conference action. The three-game slate is set to begin Friday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.
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