FLORENCE, S.C. – The No. 21 Georgia College baseball team (18-4, 10-2 PBC) won two vastly different games Saturday at Francis Marion University (11-12, 3-9 PBC) taking a pitchers' duel 5-3 and a shootout 15-10. The doubleheader sweep gives the Bobcats a 3-0 sweep of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series with the Patriots, and four wins in the last three days.
Game one featured a great relief effort from Josh Pape (Locust Grove, Ga.), Jordan Brooks (Macon, Ga.) and Jordan Modine (Ft. Pierce, Fla.), as the trio held the Patriots to five hits and a walk with no runs over the final five innings of the game. Pape entered with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth and the Bobcats down 2-1. After giving up a single to make it a 3-1 deficit, Pape (1-0) induced a double play to get out of the jam, setting up the scoreless streak to close out the game.
Pape tossed 3 2/3 with one strikeout for his first win in a Bobcat uniform. Modine threw the final inning for his first save of the year.
Down 3-2 into the seventh, catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) went opposite field for the game-tying solo home run. Hazel has four round-trippers on the year. Third baseman Mike McGraw (Newnan, Ga.) followed with a double, eventually scoring the go-ahead run two wild pitches later. The Bobcats finished the game with just six hits and no multi-hit performers.
In game two, the Bobcats returned to an offensive juggernaut, tagging six different Patriot pitchers for 16 hits and 15 runs. The biggest culprit was first baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) going 4-for-6 with a double and triple, two RBI and three runs scored.
Nearly matching that was second baseman Brandon Benson (Loganville, Ga.), hitting 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs. Hazel was 2-for-3 with a run in game two, while Rob Hogenkamp (St. Louis) had a 2-for-4 game with two RBI and a run scored. Rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) had a double and triple in five at-bats, scoring two runs and driving in two more.
Georgia College had an eight-run fourth to open the game up, 13-5. The FMU rally fell short with just three runs in the ninth. The most effective pitcher for the Bobcats in game two was senior Micah Thompson (Tallapoosa, Ga.), posting two scoreless innings.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, March 18 at 3 p.m., hosting Emmanuel College in non-conference action.
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