by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 8 Georgia College & State University baseball team (33-14, 17-5 PBC) fell to the Pirates of Armstrong Atlantic State University (27-21, 7-15 PBC) 9-8 Friday in a game of big innings aided by errors.
Georgia College tallied seven runs in the second inning, batting through the order as they brought 10 hitters to the plate. Shortstop ChandlerSnell (Loganville, Ga.) started the rally with a single to bring in catcher Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.). Leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) hit a two-run single and the ‘Cats went to score four additional runs to take the early 7-0 lead.
Centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) and catcher Pirkle were the only two Bobcats that recorded a multi-hit game. Harrell and Pirkle both had two hits, while the “Nightmare from Norcross” scored a team-best two runs with Allen and Snell owning the team-high with two RBI.
Georgia College attempted another comeback in the eighth inning when Pirkle started things off with a single and then advanced to second on a Brett George (Dacula, Ga.) safety down the leftfield line. Both runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt, then on a Snell foul out to right, Pirkle tagged up, took off and reached home safely making the score 9-8. With two outs and the tying run on third, the Bobcats flew out to end the threat.
Junior righty Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) recorded his first loss (6-1) of the season, falling victim to the error with seven unearned runs of his nine given up in four innings.
Armstrong Atlantic scored nine runs between the fourth and fifth inning to take a 9-7 advantage. Josh Wilson led his squad, going 3-for-5 in the game and three other team members recorded a multi-hit contest.
Starter Thomas Gray recorded the win for the Pirates, going 7 2/3 innings with half of his eight runs unearned.
The Bobcats and Armstrong Atlantic continue the three-game set Saturday, May 1 with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. at Pirate Field.
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