Bobcat offense explodes in sweep of King

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The King University baseball team continued their tough nonconference schedule with a doubleheader at No. 32 Georgia College. The Bobcat offense erupted in game one for the 18-1 win before taking the nightcap 7-0.

Georgia College (2-0) jumped ahead early in game one and didn't slow down as they scored three runs in each of the first two innings. The Bobcats got one run scoring single and two bases loaded walks to plate three runs before they left the bases loaded. In the second inning, the Bobcats plate three runs on two, and left the bases loaded.

The Tornado (0-5) got on the board in the third inning as Joe Ganger and Tom Hooker registered back-to-back one-out singles. After a wild pitch moved the runners up, Tyler Gaby ripped a sacrifice fly to score Ganger and cut the deficit to 6-1.

However, the Georgia College offense didn't let up, matching that run on a Clay Ardeeser home run to right field. The Bobcats extended their lead with two runs in each the fourth and fifth innings before plating four runs in the sixth to take a 15-1 lead. Georgia College capped the 18-1 win with three runs in the eighth inning.

J.D. Wallace paced the offense, going 2-for-2 from the plate.

Game two was pitcher's duel before Cory Rhodes and Josh Taylor. Neither pitcher allowed a hit through the first three innings, but the Bobcats loaded the bases in the third inning before Rhodes got a pop out to end the threat. Garrett Cook got the game's first hit with one out in the fourth, and Wallace followed with a single to center field. After an out, both runners stole a base before Justin Trent was walked to load the bases. However, Taylor got a strikeout to escape the jam.

King threatened again in the sixth inning as they got their first two runners on base before Taylor picked the lead runner off second base. Wallace then reached on an error and stole second, but both runners were stranded there.

Rhodes still hadn't allowed a hit through five innings, but the Georgia College bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth inning. A walk and an error put two runners on base before Rob Hogenkamp registered the Bobcats' first hit of the game, a single to right field. A walk loaded the bases, and a single to the shortstop scored the game's first run. After Georgia College plated another run, Steve Hazel came up with the big hit, a three-run double to left field. The Bobcats tacked on two more runs to take the game 7-0.

Rhodes struck out eight in five and one-thirds innings against five walks. Taylor stuck out eight for the Bobcats and allowed three hits in six innings of work.

Wallace again led the Tornado offense, going 2-for-3, and stealing two bases.

The three game series wraps up on Sunday in Milledgeville, Ga. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.