COLUMBUS, Ga. – The No. 24 Georgia College baseball team (25-13, 12-9 PBC) was swept in doubleheader action at Columbus State University (23-16, 16-7 PBC) 10-0 and 3-2 Saturday. The wins gave CSU the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series 3-0.
The Cougars led from start to finish in game one, picking up a single run each in the first two innings, and carrying from there. CSU's Jordan Villhauer (5-1) combined with Cameron Griffin and Hart Mizell for the shutout, surrendering just three hits while fanning 13.
Centerfielder Ikaika Anderson (Austell, Ga.) picked up two of the three knocks for Georgia College, going 2-for-3. Righty starter Justin Blue (Mulberry, Fla.) tossed five innings in the loss (7-3), allowing five earned runs.
The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game two, as Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.) reached on an error, eventually scoring on a wild pitch.
The advantage was doubled to 2-0 in the fifth when Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) singled home Anderson, who led the inning with a double.
Columbus State plated all three runs in the bottom of the eighth, getting a run scoring single, and RBI double and taking the lead on a wild pitch. The Bobcats had the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the top of the ninth, but hit into a double play to end the contest.
Righty starter Matt LaMothe (Troy, Mich.) held CSU in check until the eighth, finishing with 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on just five hits and fanning seven in the loss (5-3). CSU reliever Hart Mizell (2-1) got the win in two innings of work.
The Bobcats had two multi-hit performers in game two, as Ardeeser was 2-for-3 with the RBI and Anderson again had two hits, this time in four trips. Anderson is now hitting .333 with multi-hit performances in three of his last four games. The Bobcats have dropped three in a row for just the second time this season.
The Bobcat losses help Columbus State increase their lead in the "Battle for the Pickle Barrel" rivalry challenge, as now the score puts CSU up 11-4. The winner gets their welcome back student-athlete picnic catered by the Pickle Barrel Café, and served by the opposing team's athletic department staff.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, April 17 at 5 p.m., hosting Erskine College in non-conference action at John Kurtz Field.
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