Miller-Time Walk-Off, King-Size Relief Send #6 GC baseball to PBC Title Game

Senior first baseman Matthew Miller
Senior first baseman Matthew Miller

PALATKA, Fla. – The No. 6 Georgia College Baseball team (42-10) took down two tough teams in sweeping day two of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Saturday. The Bobcats beat the University of North Georgia (31-22) 7-6 in 11 innings and then took down No. 17 UNC Pembroke (37-13) 12-6.

The Bobcats finish Pool A at 3-0 and advance to the PBC Championship game against No. 25 USC Aiken, winners of Pool B.

Against UNG, the Bobcats came back from an early 4-0 hole, took a 6-4 lead, then went to extra innings after UNG got two runs in the eighth. First baseman Matthew Miller (San Diego, California) slapped a single through the right side with two out on a 1-2 count, scoring the game's winning run in the bottom of the 11th.

Miller finished 2-for-6 with a run and the game's biggest RBI. Shortstop Cal Gentry (Perry, Georgia) and designated hitter John Davis (Marietta, Georgia) each had three hits, Davis driving in one on a squeeze play, and Gentry providing two runs scored.

Lefty reliever Logan Howard (Cumming, Georgia) threw in his second-straight game, going 4 1/3 innings with a pair of runs and eight strikeouts, improving to 5-1 on the season.

In game two the Bobcats jumped up early, getting five in the first and six in the third for an early 11-2 advantage. The UNCP Braves started to whittle away at the Bobcat lead with a four-run fifth, but then Kyle King (Johns Creek, Georgia) happened.

King was nothing short of dominant, throwing five innings with two hits and no walks, fanning six. King (1-2) picked up his first career win in the longest outing of his young career. The final out of the game came at 2:09 a.m. Sunday morning.

The Bobcat bats were busy with 12 hits on the day, as each of the first five slots in the order had multi-hit games. Designated hitter Brandon Purcell (Glennville, Georgia) was 2-for-5, tagging a double and driving in five. Catcher Nate Schmal (Cumming, Georgia) was tough at the top of the lineup as well, going 3-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs.

The Bobcats square off with the USC Aiken Pacers Sunday, May 13 at 1 p.m. as Georgia College looks to defend its 2017 PBC Tournament title.

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