MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (29-16, 16-11 PBC) used a six-run seventh and seven-run eighth to blow open a 3-2 game, taking out the University of Montevallo Falcons (31-18, 16-14 PBC) 15-3 Saturday at John Kurtz Field. The win gives the Bobcats a 2-1 series victory over UM.
Tied 2-2 headed to the top of the seventh, Montevallo took the lead on an RBI single from Jackson Slaid.
Georgia College responded in a big way in the bottom of the inning, plating six runs on just three hits, taking advantage of two Falcon errors and two free passes to take the lead. Shortstop Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.) provided a two-run double with the bases loaded, after the Falcons had walked in the tying run.
The Bobcats posted seven more in the eighth to put it out of reach, including a big grand slam off the bat of third baseman Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.).
Lefty reliever Christian Bragg (Augusta, Ga.) got the last out in the seventh and retired the remaining Falcons in order over the final two innings to get the win (4-2). UM starter Edward Brandsema (3-5) took the loss, surrendering just a pair of earned runs over 6 1/3 innings, but five overall.
Bick had four hits in five trips, driving in three and scoring three more, posting a pair of doubles. First baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) was 3-for-5 adding two doubles, a pair of RBI and two runs.
Donaldson's day finished with two hits, those four RBI and two runs. Second baseman Rob Hogenkamp (St. Louis) also went 2-for-4 with two runs. Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI in his final home game.
As the final home game for Georgia College this season, the Bobcats honored their five seniors prior to the contest. Maas, pitcher Matt LaMothe (Troy, Mich.), Donaldson, outfielder Ikaika Anderson (Austell, Ga.) and outfielder Mikee Moore (Dunwoody, Ga.) all were honored prior to the contest. Maas also took home the John Kurtz Award for most influential Bobcat baseball senior.
The Bobcats wrap up the home slate in 2013 with an impressive 20-5 mark.
The Bobcats improve to 16-11 in conference play this season, having locked up at least the seventh seed in the eight-team Peach Belt Conference (PBC) playoffs. Georgia College remains just two games behind second-place Lander University in the loss column.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, May 4 at the University of North Georgia, doubleheader action beginning at 1 p.m.
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