by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University baseball team (3-4) had another strong performance from their pitching staff and solid bats all around as the Bobcats won both games today against Millersville University (0-3). In game one of the double dip, GCSU's bats were on fire as they won 12-6 and in game two the ‘Cats out-scored the Marauders 8-2.
"The Nightmare from Norcross" Richard Pirkle went 3-of-7 combined in the doubleheader blasting two homers and accumulating six RBI. The junior catcher now has four home runs and 11 RBI on the season.
Junior first baseman Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) also had a solid outing, hitting 3-of-7 with a home run off the scoreboard in left field in game one and knocking in a total of five. In game two, Pitts hit a sacrifice fly to score Chandler Snell (Loganville, Ga.). Pitts leads the team with 13 RBI.
Snell and Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) were quick on the base paths as they both stole two bases in game two.
In game one, senior Brendon Malkowski (Schenectady, N.Y.) started for Georgia College. Malkowski pitched seven innings with seven strikeouts, seven hits and only let three runs score. Ryan Haynie (Fay, Ga.) and Luke Rogers (Watkinsville, Ga.) split the last two innings, with each getting an inning of work.
The Bobcats scored two runs in the bottom of the first when Pirkle hit a homer with Harrell on base. Georgia College started the second inning with a bang when a Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) single was followed by a single from Snell, moving Veyna to third. Harrell singled to score Veyna and then Pitts hit the bomb to left that bounced off the scoreboard.
The seventh inning was another big inning for the ‘Cats as they put five runs on the board. Four different Bobcats tallied RBI, Drew Goodman (Kennewick, Wash.), Veyna and Snell each drove in one and then Pitts knocked in two with a double.
Millersville tried to come back scoring three runs in the final two innings but Georgia College held on to win 12-6.
In the second game, Georgia College once again put runs on the board early, scoring three in the bottom of the first. Pirkle hit a two-run blast to center. The Bobcats also put up three runs in the fifth when Pirkle hit a two-run homer.
Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) got the rare start in the second game. Dewald threw six innings, allowing Millersville its only two runs of the ballgame. The senior pitcher stuck out eight while giving up two walks. Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) pitched an inning of relief as he struck out the side to end the game.
The Bobcats are at home again Sunday, Feb. 21 in the final game of the series against Millersville at 11 a.m.
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