March 14, 2014

Thomas' Arm, 13 Hits Help #21 Bobcat Baseball Beat Patriots 8-2

FLORENCE, S.C. – Behind seven strong innings from Spencer Thomas (Loganville, Ga.) and 13 hits from the offense, the No. 21 Georgia College baseball team (16-4, 8-2 PBC) won at Francis Marion University (11-10, 3-7 PBC) 8-2 Friday night.

The Georgia College bats busted open a 4-2 game with a four-run eighth, featuring three run-scoring singles.

Thomas (2-0) got the nod to start the three-game set with the Patriots, scattering four hits and just a single walk for one earned run over seven innings. Senior Jordan Modine (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) held FMU hitless for the final two innings. Modine now has a streak of three straight relief outings without surrendering a run, a nine-inning span.

Rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) was 3-for-4 with two runs, while centerfielder Rob Hogenkamp (St. Louis) had a 2-for-4 night with a pair of RBI.

Designated hitter Taylor Hinshaw (Winder, Ga.) was 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, and first baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) rounded out the multi-hit performers with a 2-for-5 game and an RBI.

The Patriots were held to just four hits on the ballgame, with no FMU player tallying more than one. Chance DuCharme (0-1) was credited with the loss in 3 1/3 innings of work.

The Bobcats conclude the three-game set with the Patriots tomorrow, March 15 in doubleheader action at 1 p.m.

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