Bobcat baseball sweeps PBC doubleheader from Montevallo

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (GC ATHLETICS) – In two vastly different games, the Georgia College baseball team (14-12, 7-8 PBC) swept a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) doubleheader with the University of Montevallo (12-12, 8-7 PBC) 14-2 and 6-5 Saturday at John Kurtz Field. The two wins also helped the Bobcats sweep the PBC series from the Falcons 3-0.

The two victories run the Georgia College win streak to seven in a row, the team’s longest this season.

Game one was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth, when Georgia College took advantage of some miscues from the Falcon defense. The first run came in on a Montevallo error, the second a balk, and the third a double to right from Jake Sandlin (Evans). The Bobcats pushed it further out of reach with a three-run home run from Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Michigan) just an inning later.

Hazel finished 3-for-3 with four RBI and three runs, smacking his fourth round-tripper this season. Freshman Logan Mattix (Loganville) entered as a defensive replacement but quickly brought more offense, including a grand slam in the five-run eighth. Mattix was 2-for-2 with the four RBI and his second home run of the season.

First baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville) and junior Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) each had two hits, with two runs scored apiece and an RBI for Cook.

Senior Jake Anthony (Canton) had perhaps his best start as a Bobcat, going seven strong innings with two runs and six strikeouts. Anthony (2-3) scattered six hits and a walk, sitting down the first six batters in a row.

Game two was a back-and-forth affair, tied in the third 3-3, and again in the sixth 4-4 before a two-run shot by Cook in the bottom of the seventh provided enough of an advantage at 6-4. Montevallo inched a run closer on a home run from Vinny Rodriguez in the eighth, but the Bobcat relievers shut the door for the win.

Cook went 3-for-3 in game two, scoring three runs and driving in a pair. Righty reliever Bryce Bush (Phoenix, Arizona) picked up his first Bobcat victory, surrendering just the Rodriguez home run in 1 2/3 innings of work. Righthander Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) took over in the ninth for his second save.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, at 5 p.m. hosting No. 9 Erskine College.

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