by Matthew Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team racked up 14 hits, including nine doubles to down the Pfeiffer University Falcons 11-3 Saturday afternoon at John Kurtz Field.
The offensive barrage began early as the Bobcats scored three runs in the first off a deep double from junior first baseman Benton Yaun (Marietta, Ga.).
GC kept the pressure on the Falcons, scoring two more runs in each the second and third innings to extend the lead to 7-0.
Senior Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) had a great game, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBI. Outfield counterpart Josh Young (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) got in on the action as well, going 2-for-5 with a double.
Third baseman Travis Echols (Suwanee, Ga.) chipped in two hits of his own, going 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and a run.
Despite the 11 runs scored, the Bobcats only had one player with more than one run, as shortstop Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) scored a pair while going 1-for-2 at the plate.
Senior righty Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) (2-0) picked up his second win in as many starts, throwing eight solid innings. He threw seven scoreless frames to start the ballgame, giving up three in his final inning of work.
Two-way player Luke McKay (Augusta, Kan.) came in from second base to finish off the game, throwing a 1-2-3 ninth in his first action on the mound this year.
The nine doubles were the most by a GC team in over five years and fell just two shy of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) record of 11.
The Bobcats will host Pfeiffer for the final game of the series Sunday, Feb. 20 at noon.
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