#18 Bobcats Take Down Title Town’s Valdosta State

by Chelsea Wilson, sports information student assistant

VALDOSTA, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University baseball team's (10-4, 3-0 PBC) bats stayed consistent facing eight different pitchers of Valdosta State University (9-6, 0-0 GSC) pulling out a 8-5 victory, their ninth straight.

The Bobcats took an early lead in the first against Thomas Tripp, when catcher Pete Paris (Scranton, Pa.) doubled to right center to score centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) and designated hitter Buddy Elmore (Dallas) who had both reached on walks. Third baseman Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) then followed with a single to score Paris.

The first of eight pitching changes came in the top of the second for VSU when Steve Turner came in to pitch, keeping the bats silent for the Bobcats for only two straight innings.

The Valdosta State bats arrived in the bottom of the second when starter Mike Tokessy (Kanata, Ontario) gave up a walk, a double and a single to put two runs on the board for the opposition.

When Luke Rogers (Watkinsville, Ga.) came in relief in the bottom of the third, VSU tied the game at three when turning a double play showed to be a better option.

The Bobcats decided to take back the lead with the next pitcher Shawn Keill took the mound walking two and giving up a sacrifice fly RBI to Harrell.

In the fifth inning, the VSU squad tried their hand at the lead scoring two runs off the third Bobcat arm Ryan Parson (Madison, Ga.) who came in with the bases loaded and no outs. Parson then settled in getting the final out and combined with Andrew Harris (Madison, Ga.), Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Martin Dewald (Mannehim, Germany) to keep the VSU offense silent and secure the win.

The Bobcats took back and held the lead for the final time in the sixth and seventh inning scoring a total of four more runs against four more VSU pitchers. Off eight pitchers in nine innings, the Bobcats totaled 13 hits with Paris going 4-4 at the plate with three RBI, his eighth straight RBI game, and the top of the line up scoring 5 of the 8 total runs.

The Bobcats commence a cat fight against the Jaguars of Augusta State University Friday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. followed by a double header on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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