February 23, 2013

GC Baseball Splits First PBC Action at Flagler

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Georgia College baseball team (7-4, 1-1 PBC) split its first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action of the 2013 season Saturday at Flagler College (8-7, 1-4 PBC). The Saints took game one 13-12, with the Bobcats evening the score 19-6 in game two.

Game one featured a combined 25 runs on 36 hits and 15 walks. The Bobcats put up multi-run innings twice. A two-run single in the bottom of the 10th decided the game. Bobcat rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) had just given Georgia College a 12-11 lead in the top half of the inning with a solo home run, the first of the freshman's career.

Nick Kranick singled home the game winner, after an RBI double by Chance Mitchell tied the contest.

Third baseman Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.) went 4-for-6 with three RBI and three runs, swatting his first home run of the season. Sandlin finished 2-for-6 with two RBI, a run and a pair of steals. Second baseman Ryan Sabalaskey (Carol Stream, Ill.) also had two hits in six trips, scoring once.

Reliever Jordan Brooks (Macon, Ga.) took the loss (0-1) in 1 2/3 innings of work, while Jake Brandenberger (3-0) got the win, recording just a single out in the top of the 10th. Kranick finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run.

In game two it was the Bobcats utilizing the middle innings, putting up 16 runs from the fourth-through-seventh.

Each of the top six slots in the order had multi-RBI games, as leftfielder Taylor Hinshaw (Winder, Ga.) led the way at 3-for-4, driving in five and scoring three times. Hinshaw hit his first career home run for the Bobcats, a three-run shot in the fourth.

Centerfielder Mikee Moore (Dunwoody, Ga.) had a 4-for-5 effort with two RBI and three runs, while catcher Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) went 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBI. Shortstop Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.) added three hits in five trips with three runs and an RBI, while Sabalaskey and designated hitter Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) each added two hits and two RBI.

Sophomore lefty John Clark (Dublin, Ga.) got the win (2-0), going eight innings, scattering 12 hits for just four earned runs and fanning four. The loss went to Justin Ratte (1-2) allowing nine earned runs over four innings.

The Bobcats close out the three-game set with the Saints tomorrow, Feb. 24 with a single game at 1 p.m.

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