MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A grand slam by rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans) helped turn the tide for No. 26 Georgia College baseball (1-4) to its first win of the 2015 season Friday at John Kurtz Field over 2014 NCAA Tournament participant West Virginia State University (0-1).
The teams traded blows in the first few innings, as Georgia College had a 2-0 lead after the first, and a 4-3 lead after the fourth. The Yellow Jackets tied the game 4-4 in the fifth, setting up Sandlin's blast. WVSU loaded the bases on three walks, dispersed within a pair of outs. Sandlin then blasted a 3-1 pitch over the foul pole in right field for the 8-4 lead. The Yellow Jackets picked up one run over the remainder of the game, thanks to the strong effort of the Bobcat bullpen.
Sandlin finished 3-for-5 with the four RBI and two runs. First baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville) also tallied three hits in five trips, driving in one on a single in the first.
Starter Jake Anthony (Canton) picked up the win (1-0), going five innings with three earned runs and five strikeouts. Jordan Brooks (Macon) and Cameron Busby (Grovetown) set down the final six in order, Busby recording his first career save.
Yellow Jacket reliever Eric Roberts took the loss (0-1) in two innings of work. Catcher Anthony Payne was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
This afternoon's meeting on the baseball diamond was the first between the two teams.
The Bobcats close the three-game set with WVSU tomorrow, Feb. 14 in doubleheader action at noon.
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