MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In two vastly different games, the Georgia College baseball team (14-12, 7-8 PBC) swept a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) doubleheader with the University of Montevallo (12-12, 8-7 PBC) 14-2 and 6-5 Saturday at John Kurtz Field. The two wins also helped the Bobcats sweep the PBC series from the Falcons 3-0.
The two victories today run the Georgia College win streak to seven in a row, the team's longest this season.
Game one was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth, when Georgia College took advantage of some miscues from the Falcon defense. The first run came in on a Montevallo error, the second a balk, and the third a double to right from Jake Sandlin (Evans). The Bobcats pushed it further out of reach with a three-run home run from Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Michigan) just an inning later.
Hazel finished 3-for-3 with four RBI and three runs, smacking his fourth round-tripper this season. Freshman Logan Mattix (Loganville) entered as a defensive replacement but quickly brought more offense, including a grand slam in the five-run eighth. Mattix was 2-for-2 with the four RBI and his second home run of the season.
Senior Jake Anthony (Canton) had perhaps his best start as a Bobcat, going seven strong innings with two runs and six strikeouts. Anthony (2-3) scattered six hits and a walk, sitting down the first six batters in a row.
Game two was a back-and-forth affair, tied in the third 3-3, and again in the sixth 4-4 before a two-run shot by Cook in the bottom of the seventh provided enough of an advantage at 6-4. Montevallo inched a run closer on a home run from Vinny Rodriguez in the eighth, but the Bobcat relievers shut the door for the win.
Cook went 3-for-3 in game two, scoring three runs and driving in a pair. Righty reliever Bryce Bush (Phoenix, Arizona) picked up his first Bobcat victory, surrendering just the Rodriguez home run in 1 2/3 innings of work. Righthander Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) took over in the ninth for his second save.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, at 5 p.m. hosting No. 9 Erskine College.
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