Georgia College Completes Series Sweep

Jacob Buser – Sports Lowdown photo

The Georgia College Bobcats took down the Florida Tech Panthers 8-3, in the final game of a three-game series Saturday at Andy-Seminick-Les Hall Field. A three-run second inning was enough for the Bobcats, who handed Panthers starter, Jake Lane, his fourth loss of the season, while Georgia College starter Matt Studdard scattered four hits in 6.1 innings.

A single by Matthew Miller got the visitors started in the top of the first. A wild pitch by Lane and a passed ball by Zac Orchard got him to third. Brandon Purcell’s infield single was good enough to get him home and give GC a 1-0 lead.  In the second inning, the 16th-ranked Bobcats struck for three, keyed by a two-run double off the bat of Cal Gentry, who went 2-for-6 on the day. He would score the final run of the inning on a wild pitch, giving his team a 4-0 lead.

Lane walked the next batter he faced, and that would be the final batter he would see, as Andrew Beyer came in out of the pen, allowing just two runs, despite giving up eight hits over his five-plus innings of work.  Beyer was the first of four relievers for the home team, with Ryan Allain, Matt Coles, and Colin Cristello all seeing action. Allain allowed a hit and a run in one inning.

Georgia College (24-7) would add two more runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Caleb Slaughter. Florida Tech finally cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame. Raul Quintero, who has been hitting all weekend singled and came home on a Jacob Buser double.

Daniel Szpik singled one batter later, putting runners at the corners. Kevin Capella singled and went to second on the throw, as Buser crossed home, making it 6-2. That was the end of the day for Studdard. Florida Tech’s final run came on an RBI groundout by Jakob Newton, against reliever Trevor Evans.

The Bobcats scored the final runs of the game in the top of the ninth, on two separate Panthers errors.

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Florida Tech (14-20) will now embark on a six-game road trip, facing Sunshine State Conference foes on consecutive weekends. On Friday, the Panthers head to Boca Raton to face Lynn. The first pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. The series continues Saturday at 2:00 p.m. before the final game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Those games will be followed by a weekend in Lakeland taking on Florida Southern, who is ranked in the top five.