#6 Bobcat Baseball Polishes off Paine, 15-3 and 25-0

Junior Jayson Cook
Junior Jayson Cook

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – It was runs aplenty for No. 6 Georgia College Baseball (3-0) Saturday at John Kurtz Field, taking a doubleheader and subsequently a three-game set from Paine College (0-3) 15-5 and 25-0 Saturday. The Bobcats had 40 runs off 35 hits over the two games.

In game one, the Bobcats smacked around 13 hits and were helped a bit by 11 walks and six errors from Paine.  

Georgia College had a pair of five-run innings, the fourth highlighted by a two-run single from senior Will Hudgins (Dunwoody) and the sixth featuring RBI singles from junior Jayson Cook (Smyrna) and senior Tarez Miller (McDonough).

Catcher Jay Saunders (Moultrie) went 3-for-4 in his first collegiate game, driving in four and scoring three times. Miller finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, while Hudgins was 2-for-3 with the two RBIs and a run scored as well.

Freshman reliever Chris Rolick (Marietta) got his first collegiate win as the Bobcats sent five pitchers to the hill, none going longer than 3 2/3 innings. Rolick (1-0) tossed 2 1/3 scoreless, fanned four and allowed just a single hit.

Game two lasted just eight innings, as the Bobcats pounded out 22 hits and the pitching staff recorded its second shutout in three games.

Georgia College scored multi-run innings in all but one frame throughout the contest, including six each in both the sixth and seventh.

Catchers continued hot hitting as Austin Holloway (Social Circle) tallied four hits in five trips, a double, four RBIs and two runs. Cook was also 4-for-5, plating three and scoring twice.

Second baseman Cassius Young (Atlanta) added three hits, including a ringing double, four RBIs and two runs. Miller and leftfielder Shane Connahan (Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania) each had two hits, and each drove in two.

The 5-6-7 hitters in the order—Holloway, Young and Cook—combined to go 11-for-15 with 10 RBIs, eight runs, two doubles and two stolen bases.

The win went to junior righty Connor Darling (Suwanee) the most effective pitcher of the eight Georgia College sent to the hill. Darling (1-0) fanned four over his 4 1/3 scoreless, surrendering just two hits and a single walk. Other notable relievers were Bryce Bowen (Elberton) and Chandler Amason (Grayson) each throwing a scoreless inning. Bowen fanned three and Amason two as the eight combined for 12 strikeouts.

The Bobcats are one of five undefeated teams left in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) joining No. 40 UNC Pembroke as the only two teams standing at 3-0 Saturday.

The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m., playing host to the University of West Georgia (0-2). The Wolves have a game at Wingate University Sunday before traveling to Milledgeville.

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