Bobcats Slay #5 Cougars, Winning 12-7 and 4-3 in Double Dip
by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University baseball team (14-8, 7-2 PBC) took both games against No. 5 Columbus State University (22-5, 3-3 PBC) Saturday to complete the three-game sweep of their Peach Belt Conference (PBC) nemesis. Georgia College won game one 12-7 and squeaked by 4-3 in game two against the Bobcats’ highest ranked opponents of the season thus far.
Second baseman Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) led his team batting 4-for-4 in the first game as the Bobcats rolled to a 12-7 win.
Senior Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) hit a two-run home run with two outs in the sixth inning, giving the Bobcats their first lead of the game at 6-5. The first baseman hit 2-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. Junior outfielder Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) also hit a two-run round tripper in game one, serving as insurance runs for the ‘Cats. Ward finished the game with two RBI and a run scored.
Columbus State scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take the 3-1 lead. Jason Nicholas (Wright City, Mo.) came in to start the second inning and allowed just four runs over the next eight frames. The junior lefty (1-1) got his first win as a Bobcat while he didn’t allow a walk, struck out nine and sat the down the side twice.
Georgia College scored a run in each of the last three innings to squeak past CSU and claim the 4-3 victory to complete the three-game sweep.
The Cougars scored two runs in the bottom of the first to go ahead 2-0.
Columbus State went up 3-1 when Jason Rogers scored on an error.
However, the Bobcats scored in final three innings to get the win. In the seventh, Allen hit a solo dinger to get the score to 3-2. Senior Andrew Evans (Milledgeville, Ga.) hit a pinch-hit single and then stole second to get in scoring position. Shortstop ChandlerSnell (Loganville, Ga.) drove in Evans for the tying run. In the top of the ninth with the game still knotted 3-3, Harrell had a one-out walk, taking second on a Pitts single. Next up, Ward plated the winning run with single of his own, scoring Harrell from second.
Senior Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) pitched his second complete game of the season to get the win (5-1). Dewald had eight strikeouts and retired the side via strikes four times, including the ninth. A strong ninth comes as no surprise, as Dewald served primarily as the Bobcat closer last season.
Conyers, Ga. native Kyle Allen went 6-for-8 in the two games. The leftfielder hit a solo home run in game two and the finished the day with six RBI and a run scored.
The Bobcats travel to Pfeiffer University to take on the Falcons Tuesday, March 23 at 3 p.m. and finish the two-game set Wednesday, March 24 at 3 p.m.
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