GC “Colonials” Baseball Upends Columbus State, 11-8

Members of the 1969 Georgia College Baseball team join the current players on the field
Members of the 1969 Georgia College Baseball team join the current players on the field

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – An epic eight-run spurt over the seventh and eighth helped Georgia College Baseball (25-15, 15-12 PBC) come from behind again in topping Columbus State University (27-17, 12-13 PBC), the Bobcats winning 11-8 Saturday at John Kurtz Field.

Prior to the game, GC Baseball honored its 50 years of play with bringing back the 1969 team. The GC Colonials (as the mascot was then) were also honored as the current squad played under that mascot name for the day.

The "Colonials" trailed 6-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded and just one out, the Cougars limited the damage as GC got a run on a double-play ball.

The big barrage began in the seventh. There, the "Colonials" got a bases-loaded triple from second baseman Cal Gentry (Perry) followed by an RBI single from rightfielder Wesley Wommack (Monroe).

In the eighth, the "Colonials" took the lead with four more runs, including an RBI single from leftfielder Matthew Chester (Evans) and a three-run blast from centerfielder Cam Hill (Marietta). The home run was the first of the freshman's career.

Righty reliever Chris Rolick (Marietta) got his second win in as many days (4-1), allowing one run in his one inning of work. Fellow righty Harrison Veldsma (Marietta) got the final three outs, including a strikeout for his first save of the season.

Wommack finished the day 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a run, swatting his seventh home run of the season in the third. Gentry also had a 2-for-4 day, scoring three times and driving in three. Chester went 2-for-2 in a reserve role, scored twice and drove in one.

The win puts Georgia College at 15-12, good for fifth in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Standings. The Bobcats have one more conference game left, with the top eight in the league advancing to the PBC Tournament May 10 in St. Augustine, Florida.

GC Baseball is back in action tomorrow, April 28 at 1 p.m. against the Cougars. Prior to the game, Georgia College will honor their senior class for Senior Day.

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