Georgia Southwestern split a doubleheader against No. 12-ranked Georgia College on Saturday afternoon at Hurricane Field to take the three-game weekend Peach Belt Conference series two games to one. GSW won game one on Saturday, 6-2. The Bobcats took the nightcap, 13-6.
In the first game, GSW jumped on the Bobcats early with two runs in the first inning on three hits. Bud Long had an RBI single and Zack Stanton knocked in a run.
The Hurricanes added another two runs in the third on three walks and two hit batters.
GSW picked up single runs in the fourth and the seventh. After reaching base on a double, Shane Doyle was knocked home by Jared Allen in the fourth. In the seventh, Chris Lingham brought Kevin Carroll home with a RBI single after Carroll had reached on a bunt single and advanced on a fielder's choice.
Georgia College scored two runs in the ninth to complete the scoring.
Andrew Whiggum (2-2) threw eight innings, allowed the two runs - neither was earned - surrendered four hits, walked three and struck out three. Bud Fuller struck out three batters in the his one inning of action. GCSU starter Dylan Lightell (0-2) pitched 2.2 innings, allowed four runs on three hits, walked three and struck out three.
Lingham, Doyle, Allen and Long had two hits apiece for the 'Canes. Doyle had a double and scored two runs.
Georgia College scored seven runs in the second inning and cruised to a 13-6 win in the nightcap.
Southwestern drops to 10-13 overall, 3-3 in the Peach Belt. GCSU improves to 12-6, 4-2 in the PBC.
Richard Pirkle led off the second inning with a double for Georgia College. A throwing error by the 'Canes allowed Matt Pitts to reach base and advance to third. After the next two Bobcat batters recorded outs, GCSU rattled off five consecutive hits and finished the inning with a 7-0 lead.
GSW closed the gap to 7-3 with a three-run third inning highlighted by Francisco Gomez's two-run single to right.
Georgia College added three more runs in the fourth, another two in the fifth and one in the sixth to stretch their lead to ten runs (13-3).
Southwestern would add two in the bottom of the sixth when Stanton's RBI single to left rolled past Kyle Allen, all the way to the wall, and allowed Stanton to circle the bases for the 'Canes second run of the inning.
GSW added a run in the seventh off a solo home run by Doyle.
Hurricane starting pitcher Zach Whitman (2-2) took the loss allowing seven runs - only one earned - in 1.2 innings. Clete Jessup (2-0) pitched six innings, allowed five runs - three earned - walked three and struck out nine.
Gomez led the 'Canes at the plate, finishing 3-for-5 with two RBI. Doyle went 2-for-4 with the home run.
Pirkle, Chandler Snell, Brooks Robinson, Derek Johns and Sean Harrell had multi-hit nights for Georgia College.
The Hurricanes host Valdosta State on Wednesday at 5 p.m.