GREENWOOD, S.C. – The No. 7-seed Georgia College baseball team (30-17) used some timely hitting to get by No. 2-seed Columbus State University (27-21) 8-5 Wednesday, kicking off the 2013 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament at Lander University's Dolny Stadium.
The Bobcats posted two runs each in the seventh and eighth innings and got a complete-game effort from senior starter Matt LaMothe (Troy, Mich.) to pick up the upset win.
Down 5-4 headed into the seventh inning, the Bobcats sandwiched a pair of walks around a single to load the bases with two out. All-PBC Second Team selection Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) ripped a single up the middle to score two runs and take a 6-5 lead.
In the ninth, the Bobcats added insurance runs, loading the bases again then bringing in a run each from a walk and hit-batsman.
LaMothe (7-4) went the distance for the first time this season, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and just two walks. He fanned seven Cougar hitters. CSU starter Brodie Leibrandt went 7 1/3 innings in the loss.
Sandlin finished 2-for-5 with the two RBI and third baseman Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.) provided three runs on a home run to right in the fifth. All-PBC Second Team first baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) went 3-for-3 with two runs, and catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) added three hits in four trips with two RBI and a run scored. Rounding out the multi-hit performers was designated hitter Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) with a 2-for-4 game, scoring a run.
The Bobcats stay in the winner's bracket and are back in action tomorrow, May 9 at 1:30 p.m., taking on the winner of No. 3-seed Armstrong and No. 6-seed Francis Marion University who play later today. Today's win is the first for the Bobcats in the PBC Tournament since 2008.
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