MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – No. 24 Georgia College baseball (27-14, 11-9 PBC) got two big Peach Belt Conference (PBC) wins Saturday at John Kurtz Field, taking out the University of Montevallo (18-22, 6-14 PBC) 15-9 and 8-7.
Two five-run innings helped put the Bobcats on the winning track in game one, as GC pounded out 16 hits and 15 runs. Shortstop Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) and centerfielder Patrick Daugherty (Kennesaw, Ga.) each had three-hit ballgames, Funk going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs, and Daugherty 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs. Daugherty came a triple away from the cycle, while Funk pounded three singles.
Leftfielder Josh Young (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.), catcher Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.), third baseman Travis Echols (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and second baseman Matthew Robinson (Hull, Ga.) each had two hits.
Reliever Taylor Hart (Colbert, Ga.) got the win (2-1) in 4 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the season. He allowed two runs and fanned five. UM reliever Brett Roney (2-1) took the loss, failing to get an out in the fifth. Six Falcon batters had two hits each, as UM tallied 15 total in the game.
Game two was a come-from-behind effort for the Bobcats, getting a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth.
Down three headed to the ninth, GC rattled off four hits to take over the game. Robinson led off with a single to center, and after a hit-batsman for Daugherty, Young ripped a single to right center cutting the lead to 7-5. Rightfielder Shawn Ward (Evans, Ga.) tagged a double down the leftfield line to score Daugherty, making it 7-6.
After a walk, Funk smashed a liner off the glove of the shortstop and into short left center to tie the game. Echols then came up with the bases loaded, spinning a ball off the end of his bat to the right side. The ball was fielded by the first baseman, but when he couldn't get the spinning ball into a throwing motion, the fielder's choice ended the game.
Young was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, while Ward finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Funk also added two hits in five trips.
Robinson (2-1) got the win in relief, throwing the final 2 1/3 innings and allowing one run. UM's Scottie Deason (0-2) surrendered three runs without getting an out. Deason went 3-for-5 with two runs scored at the plate.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, April 17 at 1 p.m. finishing the three-game set with the Falcons.
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