Braves Fall In Series Opener At Georgia College
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Visiting UNCP jumped on the scoreboard early with a trio of runs in the top of the first inning, but Georgia College scored eight runs on 13 hits and got plenty of help from its bullpen en route to an 8-5 win over the fifth-ranked Braves in the series opener at John Kurtz Field.
The setback stretched the losing streak for the Braves (14-7, 4-5 PBC) out to four games – their longest skid since dropping four-straight games from Feb. 23-28, 2008. The triumph was the second-straight win for Georgia College (11-9, 5-4) who had dropped four of its last five games coming into the weekend.
Aaron Parnell doubled and drove in a pair of runs on a 2-for-4 outing for UNCP, who also got base hits from six other players as well. J.J. Williams reached base twice via the base on balls, but still finished the day with an 0-for-2 outing. The Bobcats got two hits apiece from five different players, including Travis Echols (2-for-4) who singled in a run in the first and hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Josh Young scored three times on a 2-for-3 hitting line with a home run for the hosts as well.
UNCP starter Brad Isom (4-1) was dealt his first loss of the season after yielding eight earned runs on 13 hits and a pair of walks in 6-2/3 innings from the mound. He also struck out three. Reliever Taylor Hart (1-1) struck out four and allowed a pair of earned runs on three hits and two walks in 3-2/3 innings to earn the win for Georgia College, while Matt LaMothe booked his third save of the campaign by working a scoreless ninth.
The Braves needed just three at-bats to score their first run of the game, but added two more scores in the opening frame to take an early 3-0 advantage. Georgia College plated lone runs in the bottom of both the first and second innings, and then took the lead for good with a 3-run third inning. Echols' two-run homer with two outs in the fourth would add a pair of insurance runs for the Bobcats.