#24 GC Baseball Juices Newberry 10-1 Behind Ward’s Two Home Runs

NEWBERY, S.C. – The No. 24 Georgia College baseball team (25-14) got out of their funk in a big way Tuesday, beating up on Newberry College (20-23) 10-1. The victory ended a four-game slide for The Bobcats.

GC fired on all cylinders, pounding out 13 hits while surrendering just three and not committing an error.

The Bobcats scored in all but three innings, putting up nine runs before the Wolves could answer.

Rightfielder Shawn Ward (Evans, Ga.) was 3-for-6 with two home runs, driving in three and scoring twice. Centerfielder Patrick Daugherty (Kennesaw, Ga.) set the table well, going 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI from the leadoff spot.

Designated hitter Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) had two hits in six trips, driving in one, while second baseman Matthew Robinson (Hull, Ga.) drove in two as well.

Lefty starter Jason Nicholas (Wright City, Mo.) threw five no-hit innings, walking three and fanning six for the win (6-2). Newberry starter Evan Brown (2-2) lasted just two innings in the loss. Wolf leftfielder Derek Bley was 2-for-4 with a run.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. for doubleheader action against the University of Montevallo (17-20, 6-12 PBC) at John Kurtz Field. Saturday's event will be Alumni Day, with special recognition for the 1981 Colonial team.

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