MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – On a night honoring the back-to-back NAIA World Series teams from 1984 and 1985, the No. 16 Georgia College & State University baseball team (21-10, 10-3 PBC) played like a high-level program, toppling No. 30 Georgia Southwestern State University (19-9, 8-5 PBC) 14-5 Friday at John Kurtz Field.
Rightfielder Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) had a series in a day, going 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBI. The junior had 10 total bases on his three hits.
The Bobcats benefitted from the big inning, putting four on the board in the first, three in the third and five in the fifth.
Centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, while leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) hit 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run. The starting outfielders for the Bobcats went a combined 8-for-11 with nine RBI, two home runs and seven runs.
Junior lefty Jason Nicholas (Wright City, Mo.) picked up the win (2-1) tossing the six innings, allowing four runs and fanning four. Junior Ryan Parson (Madison, Ga.) tossed the final three frames for his second save.
Jody Sellars (5-2) suffered the loss for the Hurricanes, going 2 1/3 innings allowing six earned runs. Leadoff hitter Bud Long was 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
The Bobcats and Hurricanes square off again tomorrow at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader.
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