MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Freshman infielder Brandon Benson's (Loganville, Ga.) first career hit couldn't have been much more exciting, as the walk-off two-run home run gave No. 28 Georgia College baseball (7-3, 2-1 PBC) an 8-7 victory over Flagler College (8-5, 2-4 PBC) Sunday at John Kurtz Field. The win also completed a 2-1 series victory for the Bobcats over the Saints.
Down 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth, first baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) started things off with a shot down the first base line that rattled into the corner of the Flagler bullpen for a triple. Benson then took the first pitch he saw from Saint reliever Danny Brown for a two-run blast to left center and a thrilling 8-7 victory.
Both teams plated multiple runs in the third inning, the Bobcats ending the frame with a 5-2 lead. Flagler scored two in the fifth and five more in the sixth to take over the contest 7-5. Georgia College cut one run out in the seventh, setting up Benson's heroics in the ninth.
Ardeeser finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) added a 2-for-3 effort, driving in a run on a single to right in the seventh. Leftfielder Ryan Sabalaskey (Carol Stream, Ill.) also had a 2-for-4 day, plating a run and scoring another.
Bobcat reliever Micah Thompson (Tallapoosa, Ga.) recorded his first win in a Bobcat uniform (1-0) getting the last two outs of the ninth. Jordan Modine (Fort Pierce, Fla.) entered in the sixth with the score at 7-5 and the bases loaded with one out. Modine got a strikeout and a groundout to end that threat, keeping the Bobcats in the game. The senior righty finished with three hitless innings, fanning three Saint batters.
Danny Brown (0-1) took the loss in 1 1/3 innings of relief work. The hitting star for the Saints was second baseman Andrew Brodbeck at 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m., traveling to the University of West Georgia for non-conference play.
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