MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Bobcat baseball squad at Georgia College & State University (11-7, 4-2 PBC) used their speed on the bases and explosive hitting to trounce Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opponent Augusta State University (7-15, 0-6 PBC) 13-3 Sunday completing a three-game series sweep.
GCSU had three innings (the fourth, sixth and eighth) were they put up four runs each as they held the Jaguars to just three runs all game.
Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) continued to have a hot stick for Georgia College as he led the team with four hits (4-for-5). The senior centerfielder hit a solo home run in the fourth and finished the game with two RBI, while scoring three runs. Harrell has two long balls on the season and 14 RBI.
“The Nightmare from Norcross” Richard Pirkle went 2-for-5 with a double, adding a two-run blast in the sixth inning. The catcher is tied for a team-high eight doubles, and leads the team with nine home runs and 33 RBI.
Brunswick, Ga. native Matt Pitts hit 2-for-4, including a double and three RBI. The first baseman is second on the team with 29 RBI.
Georgia College had five stolen bases in the game. Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.), Paul Bordon (Martinez, Ga.), and Harrell each recorded a stolen base, while Pitts led the Bobcats with two swipes on the basepaths. Pitts is a perfect 12-for-12 on stolen bases this year, a team-best.
Junior righty Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) recorded his first win of the season (1-0). Pettepher went 6 2/3 innings striking out six, all swinging, walking one and allowing Augusta State’s only three runs on seven hits.
Augusta State’s Kenny Smith led the team going 2-for-4 adding a solo home run.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. against Lenoir-Rhyne University at John Kurtz Field.
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