GC Baseball Splits with North Georgia, Takes Series 2-1

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (20-13, 11-6 PBC) battled through two tough contests with North Georgia (16-16, 6-12 PBC) Sunday at John Kurtz Field, losing game one 10-5 and rebounding for a 14-10 win. With the split, GC takes the three-game set from the Saints 2-1.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings in game one, but it wouldn't hold. The Saints dominated the remainder of the game 9-1, getting multi-run innings in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings.

For GC, shortstop Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while second baseman Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.) matched those numbers. First baseman Karsten Strieby (Blair, Was.) and leftfielder Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) each had two hits, Strieby scoring twice and Ardeeser once.

Lefty starter Mike Guinane (Glenview, Ill.) took the loss (1-5) in 6 1/3 innings of work, while Saints starter Blake Hobby (5-2) worked eight innings for the win. Saint first baseman Matthew Black was 4-for-4 with six RBI, swatting a three-run home run in the ninth.

Game two was a hitter's duel, the teams combining for 32 safeties and 24 runs. GC was up 10-6 after four innings, but in the fifth the Saints responded with four runs to tie it up. Catcher Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) had a sacrifice fly in the bottom half that would prove the difference, as reliever Zack Hula (Kennesaw, Ga.) came in to throw four scoreless innings to close the game out.

Hula (2-0) entered in the fifth, gave up the hit to tie the game then stifled the Saints, allowing just two hits over the final four innings for the win. He tossed 4 1/3 innings of three-hit shutout ball, tallying three strikeouts. The loss went to North Georgia reliever Phillip Taylor, as he fell to 1-2.

The Bobcats had six multi-hit performers, with second baseman Seth Bancroft (Sugar Hill, Ga.) leading the way at 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and a run. Leftfielder Josh Young (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) had three hits in six trips, driving in two and scoring one while also hitting a triple. Funk also had three hits, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run.

Donaldson was also busy as the designated hitter in game two, blasting a home run as part of his 2-for-5 day with three RBI and a pair of runs. Strieby and rightfielder Bryce Williams (Manhattan, Kan.) each had two hits, Strieby scoring three runs and Williams a pair.

The Bobcats improve to 11-6 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, owning the top slot in the league's West Division by two games in the loss column over No. 26 Columbus State University. The top four in each division advance to the PBC Tournament May 9.

The Bobcats hit the road Tuesday, April 3 at 5 p.m., playing at Young Harris College, who will join the PBC in 2012-13.

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