AIKEN, S.C. - The road woes continued for No. 6 Georgia College & State University (19-8, 8-4 PBC) as the Bobcats dropped 13-6 and 10-2 contests at USC Aiken (17-13, 5-7 PBC). The Bobcats are 8-4 in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), with all four losses coming away from John Kurtz Field.
Rightfielder Derek Johns (Waynesville, Ga.), catcher Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) and third baseman Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) each hit home runs in game one, but it wasn't enough to overcome a six-run fifth by the Pacers. Johns finished game one 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run, and leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) scored twice on a 2-for-5 game.
The Pacers pounded out 13 hits and were aided by five Bobcat errors, one away from the season-high. Sophomore righty Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) took the loss (3-2) in 4 1/3 innings of work. Pacer starter Steven Spire went eight innings for the win (4-1).
The Pacer bats stayed hot in game two, pounding out 16 hits, the second most in a single game for a Bobcat opponent this season. Four doubles and 12 singles charted the second game for USCA.
Georgia College cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth, but the Pacers responded with six runs over the fifth and sixth innings. Third baseman Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) was the lone Bobcat with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 and scoring a run.
Junior lefty Clete Jessup (Darien, Ga.) took the loss in 5 1/3 innings, his first of the year (3-1). Jason Cochroft went the distance for the win (4-1), fanning seven.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, March 24 at 3 p.m. traveling to Barton College.
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