Bobcat Baseball Edges West Georgia, 5-4

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In another comeback effort, the Georgia College baseball team (14-9) won its fifth game in a row Wednesday, taking down the University of West Georgia (13-7) 5-4 at John Kurtz Field. The Bobcats have trailed in four of the five games during the win streak.

Catcher Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) put a single up the middle with the bases loaded to plate two runs in the seventh, providing the difference in the GC win.

The Wolves put up three runs in the first inning, getting RBI singles from Adam Whitlock and Garrett May. The Bobcats brought in reliever Matthew Robinson (Hull, Ga.) in the first, who then went five scoreless to keep GC in the game.

GC answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to knot it up. After a Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) double started the inning, Karsten Strieby (Blair, Was.) singled him home. GC got the two other runs on a sacrifice fly and a first-and-third steal.

In the seventh, all of the action came with two outs. Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) singled up the middle to get things started. After a walk and an infield single for Travis Echols (Suwanee, Ga.) loaded the bases, Maas took a 1-0 pitch back up the box to center for the go-ahead runs.

Reliever Taylor Hart (Colbert, Ga.) picked up the win (2-1) with a scoreless seventh, while junior Matt LaMothe (Troy, Mich.) added his sixth save in a scoreless ninth. The tying run was on second when LaMothe got the final out. Reliever Jamie Sexton (1-3) took the loss for West Georgia.

Echols and Maas each finished 2-for-4, with Maas recording the two RBI. Whitlock was the hitting star for UWG, going 2-for-4 with three RBI.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m., traveling to Francis Marion University for a doubleheader.

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