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Bobcats crush ‘Canes, devour West Georgia

Baseball defeats Georgia Southwestern in away series 2-1, takes 10-7 victory over West Geogia

The Georgia College baseball team beat West Georgia 10-7 Wednesday.

[media-credit name="Jen Hoffman" align="alignleft" width="300"][/media-credit]The Bobcats took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and led 7-0 after a six-hit second inning.

Momentum slowed in the third for the visiting Bobcats as West Georgia scored its first run when senior catcher Andy Marinelli singled to right field to make it 7-1.

In the top of the fourth, GC’s junior infielder Jeremy Donaldson scored on an error.

The Wolves scored again in the fifth, 8-2. The sixth inning was good for GC junior centerfielder/first baseman Cody Maas, who knocked in two runs to round out the scoring for GC.

West Georgia battled back and added five runs, but it was not enough to beat the Bobcats.

The baseball team faced Peach Belt Conference opponent Georgia Southwestern in a three-game road series, winning two of three games April 6-7.

On Friday night, the Bobcats smashed the Hurricanes 10-2. Georgia Southwestern was held to no runs until the bottom of the eighth inning, when it scored its only two runs of the game with a pair of hits. Maas scored three runs.

On GC defense, junior righty Darin Wiltgen pitched eight innings, allowing two runs and striking out four.

On Saturday, the Bobcats dropped their first contest of the day’s doubleheader 2-1. Georgia College did not score until the fourth inning and was held scoreless the rest of the game.

Georgia College bounced back in the day’s second game, eventually winning 3-1. Junior right-handed pitcher Matt LaMothe took the mound for his first Georgia College start. LaMothe hurled five shutout innings, striking out three, allowing no walks and scattering eight hits.

“It meant a lot,” LaMothe said. “I’ve been a starter my whole life, so I was excited to finally get back into that role.”

The Bobcats plated their first run in the fifth inning and followed up in the sixth inning with two more. Southwestern didn’t get on the board until the ninth inning.

Donaldson attributes the wins to strong offense and hot bats.

“We’re just getting timely hits right now and pitches when we need to and that’s a big thing that’s keeping us winning games,” Donaldson said.

On April 3, the Bobcats suffered a tough 10-9 loss to Young Harris on the road. Georgia College started off down three at the end of the first inning despite the runners plated by Maas and Donaldson. GC battled back by the fourth inning to tie it up 9-9. In the bottom of the seventh the Mountain Lions scored the run to take the win.

LaMothe did not play during the game but encouraged his team from the dugout.

“I talk a lot and I try to keep the dugout as happy or as positive as possible,” LaMothe said.

In order to prepare for the upcoming games the Bobcats aren’t doing anything out of the ordinary.

“We are just practicing the same and basically it’s kind of like in our mind it’s like we don’t even know who we are playing,” LaMothe said. “We just know we have a game and what we gotta do to prepare for it.”

The road games continue for the Bobcats this weekend at Augusta State.

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