Patriots Pound Bobcats 12-2 in PBC Tournament
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The No. 6-ranked Francis Marion baseball team pounded out 17 hits Thursday afternoon and defeated No. 28 Georgia College, 12-2, in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament loser’s bracket at Golden Park.
FMU, the second seed in the East, improves to 35-15 overall and will play the Lander/Columbus State loser at 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Georgia College, the top seed in the West, ends the season at 29-21.
Matt Broderick (8-2) earned the win on the mound for the Patriots after striking out four, walking one and allowing two earned runs on eight hits in six innings pitched. Don Sandifer was credited with a save with two strikeouts in three innings.
Georgia College’s Mike Guinane (3-7) was tagged with the loss, striking out four, walking one and allowing six earned runs on 10 hits in 6.2 innings of work.
GC got off to a good start when the Bobcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Cody Maas and Jeremy Donaldson.
The Patriots stormed back in the top of the third to take a 3-2 advantage on Jarrod Reed’s two-RBI double down the left field line that drove in Michael Wilson and Brian Paulhus, and Buddy Sosnoskie’s sacrifice fly that sent Brock McCallister across the plate.
FMU stretched its lead to 4-2 in the fourth on Rhodes Dickerson’s single up the middle that plated Tyler Boyd, then made it 5-2 in the sixth when Boyd, who reached on a hit by pitch, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error, scored on Paulhus’ RBI single.
The Patriots added two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Stephen Tarkenton and Dickerson that scored Sosnoskie and Tarkenton respectively.
FMU continued the scoring barrage with three more runs in the eighth on Jacob Golliday’s two-RBI single and Tarkenton’s RBI double to go up 10-2.
Dickerson and Wilson scored the Patriots’ final runs in the ninth on McCallister’s RBI single and a bases-loaded walk.
For FMU, Wilson batted 4-for-6, Dickerson 3-for-5 with two RBI, Boyd 2-for-3, Paulhus 2-for-4 with one RBI, and Tarkenton 2-for-6 with two RBI
The Bobcats’ Donaldson batted 2-for-4 with one RBI.