#22 GC Baseball Drops First Road Contest of Season, 8-4

Senior catcher Nate Schmal
Senior catcher Nate Schmal

CARROLLTON, Ga. – The No. 22 Georgia College Baseball team (2-1) fell short for the first time in the 2018 season Tuesday, dropping an 8-4 contest at the University of West Georgia (4-0). The Wolves scored the final seven runs of the game in the come-from-behind effort.

Catcher Nate Schmal (Cumming) and designated hitter Brandt Stallings (Buford) did some damage at the plate, but a key Bobcat error turned the tide as part of a five-run sixth. With the Bobcats up 4-3 heading into the sixth, West Georgia plated five unearned runs.

Schmal finished 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Stallings responded well to his first start in a Bobcat uniform, swatting the first home run of his Georgia College career as a two-run blast in the fourth.

The Bobcats sent seven total pitchers to the mound against UWG, five of whom gave up runs. Righties Chandler Amason (Grayson) and Colin LoCurto (Kennesaw) combined to toss the last 2 1/3 innings scoreless.

UWG reliever Wes Butcher got the win, throwing the final five innings and not surrendering a run. The Wolves' third baseman Ben Utley had three hits in five trips, driving in a run.

The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m., playing host to No. 2 University of Tampa.

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