Bobcats in contention for PBC West
Strickland: first Pirate pitcher to record 100 strikeouts since 2005
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Benton Yaun's RBI double in the bottom of the seventh lifted No. 19-ranked Georgia College to a 6-5 win against No. 14 Armstrong Atlantic in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. The Bobcats would go on to complete the sweep by taking game two, 6-2.
It was the first time that the Pirates (33-15, 14-10 Peach Belt Conference) have been swept this season in a conference series, while Georgia College (35-15, 15-9 PBC) keeps its hopes for a PBC West Division title alive. If Lander sweeps three games from Columbus State on Sunday and Monday, Georgia College will be the top seed in the PBC West, while Armstrong will slip to No. 3 in the PBC East. Columbus State can wrest the PBC West from the Bobcats by sweeping the Bearcats.
Game one was back-and-forth. There were three lead changed and two ties before the seventh inning. After the Bobcats pushed across a run in the bottom of the first on a Tanner Funk RBI single, the Pirates plated two in the top of the second on a Josh Purvis RBI single and an Alex Frederick RBI double.
Shawn Ward's RBI single in the bottom of the second tied things up at two, then each team plated a run in the third - the Pirates on a Chris Zittrouer RBI double and the Bobcats on a home run by Funk.
A two-run blast by Ward put Georgia College up, 5-3, but the Pirates tied things up with a run in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Michael Price and a Drew Walker solo home run in the seventh.
Matthew Robinson (2-1) notched the win with two innings of one-hit, one-run relief, while Taylor Hart collected his first save of the season with two innings of two-hit, shutout ball.
Armstrong starter Chris Base (7-2) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up eleven hits and six runs in seven innings, walking three and striking out six.
Game two saw both the Pirates and the Bobcats snap a scoreless with each team scoring two runs in the fifth inning. Walker drove in a pair of runs with a two-out two-run double to left center, while the Bobcats tied things up with an RBI double by Patrick Daugherty and a sacrifice fly by Josh Young.
Georgia College then broke the game open with four runs in the sixth inning on a pair of two-run home runs by Travis Echols and Daugherty.
Ryan Parson (2-2) earned the game-two win for the Bobcats with four innings of five-hit shutout ball, walking one and striking out two.
Scott Strickland (7-3) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up eight hits and six runs in six innings, walking two and striking out eight. The eight strikeouts give him 100 strikeouts this season, becoming the first Pirate to record 100+ strikeouts in a season since Chase Leatherwood had 102 strikeouts in 2005.
Walker went 3-for-7 with three RBIs in the doubleheader to lead the Pirates at the plate, while Roberts went 5-for-10.
Funk led the Bobcats with a 6-for-8 doubleheader with three runs scored and two RBIs.