MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (23-10, 11-6 PBC) rebounded from a 16-3 drubbing in game one to take a 5-4 game two victory over No. 3 Lander University (29-7, 18-5 PBC) Saturday at John Kurtz Field. The victory over the Bearcats was the highest ranked win for the Bobcats this season.
Game one was forgettable for Georgia College, Lander jumping out to a 13-0 lead over the first five innings.
Catcher Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) and rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) hit back-to-back solo blasts in the sixth to get on the board. Maas finished 2-for-4 with a run and RBI, while shortstop Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.) added three hits in five trips with a run.
Lefty starter Patrick Olvaney (Alpharetta, Ga.) took the loss (2-3), allowing seven runs over two innings. Lander's Dylan Wolchick (7-1) tossed eight innings, allowing two runs and fanning eight. Third baseman Colby Painter was 4-for-5 for Lander, driving in five runs.
Game two was a vastly different contest, Georgia College taking an early lead with runs in each of the first two frames.
After Lander tied the game 3-3 in the fifth, the Bobcats answered with two of their own in the bottom half. Maas drove in Bick with a sacrifice fly, while Sandlin added the second run on an RBI single up the middle.
Justin Blue (Mulberry, Fla.) went the first 6 1/3 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out seven for the win (7-2). Christian Bragg (Augusta, Ga.), Jordan Brooks (Macon, Ga.) and Matt LaMothe (Troy, Mich.) combined for the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits. LaMothe added his fourth save of the season and now owns 11 career saves, moving ahead of Ron Thomas and Brian Brown into sixth in school history.
Bick had three hits again in five trips, scoring two runs this time. Designated hitter Taylor Hinshaw (Winder, Ga.) had two RBI and first baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) was 2-for-3 with two runs. Second baseman Ryan Sabalaskey (Carol Stream, Ill.) had two hits in five at bats, including an RBI double.
Lander starter Chess Malone (7-2) took the loss in 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs. Leftfielder Weston Lawing finished 2-for-4 with three RBI.
The third and deciding bout between the two teams comes tomorrow, April 7 at 1 p.m.
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