MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 21 Georgia College baseball team (29-14) got its second walk-off win in three games, topping Valdosta State University (18-21) 6-5 Tuesday at John Kurtz Field. Designated hitter Ikaika Anderson (Austell, Ga.) pulled a bounding ball through the left side to plate the winning run.
GC was in control for much of the game, thanks to a stellar start for lefty Mike Guinane (Glenview, Ill.). The sophomore nearly got the complete game, throwing 111 pitches over eight innings, fanning six and allowing five runs on seven hits.
The Blazers gradually whittled away at the lead, including a three-run top of the ninth, knotting the game 5-5. In the bottom half, a Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) walk was sandwiched by two fly outs. After another walk put Pirkle in scoring position, Anderson took a 1-2 pitch and bounced it through the left side, off the third baseman's glove. As the ball caromed into the shallow leftfield grass, Pirkle rounded third and scored the game winner. Anderson finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
Reliever Tanner Moore (Thomasville, Ga.) got the final out of the ninth for the win (2-3). The loss went to VSU reliever Bud Fuller (3-3) as he got the two outs in the ninth. Designated hitter John Willner was 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Blazers.
The Bobcats are back in action Thursday, April 21 at 3 p.m., traveling to Erskine College (26-18). The Flying Fleet most recently lost to Barton College 3-1 April 15.
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