MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A walk-off grand slam gave the No. 28 Georgia College baseball team (6-3, 1-1 PBC) a victory over Flagler College (8-4, 2-3 PBC) 17-14 before the Saints answered back with a 12-2 victory in game number two to force a split Saturday at John Kurtz Field.
In the bottom of the ninth, third baseman Mike McGraw (Newnan, Ga.) took the first pitch from brand-new reliever Steven Fleming over the center field fence, capping a seven-run rally in the ninth and giving the Bobcats their first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) win of the season. The Saints scored three runs in the top of the first, and Georgia College never led until that ball sailed over the fence in the ninth. The hit was McGraw's lone safety of the day, he finished with five RBI.
Rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) was 3-for-5 with a pair of two-run singles and two runs scored. First baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) also had three hits in six trips, scoring twice and driving in two. Leftfielder Ryan Sabalaskey (Carol Stream, Ill.) and centerfielder Rob Hogenkamp (St. Louis) each went 2-for-4, Hogenkamp scoring four times and driving in one, while Sabalaskey scored three times as well. The Bobcat outfield went a combined 7-for-13 with nine runs and five RBI.
Righty reliever Jordan Brooks (Macon, Ga.) picked up his second win (2-0), despite allowing four runs over two innings of work, with three strikeouts. Flagler closer Keuhl McEachern (0-2) took the loss, failing to get an out in the ninth. Flagler leadoff man Andrew Brodbeck was 6-for-6 with seven RBI and two runs.
In game two, the Bobcats scored first on a Taylor Hinshaw (Winder, Ga.) single in the second, but Flagler answered back with a five-run third. After Georgia College cut it to 5-2 on a Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.) single, the Saints scored five more in the sixth and never looked back.
Hinshaw was the lone multi-hit performer for the Bobcats in game two, going 2-for-4 with the RBI.
Lefty starter Josh Taylor (Phoenix) suffered the first loss (2-1) of his Bobcat career in 5 1/3 innings of work. Flagler lefty Jake Brandenburger (2-0) held the Bobcat bats in check with a complete-game effort, allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out 13. Rightfielder Nick Kranick was the hitting star, finishing 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m., finishing the three-game set with the Saints.
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