GC club baseball sweeps away the Yellow Jackets

The GC club baseball team after their sweep over Georgia Tech on Sunday Feb. 26.

Courtesy of Michael Roberts (team member)

The GC club baseball team after their sweep over Georgia Tech on Sunday Feb. 26.

Bruce Smith, Staff Writer

The GC club baseball team took on undefeated (6-0) Georgia Tech in a three-game home series on Saturday, Feb. 25, and Sunday, Feb. 26.

The 1-1 Bobcats started off the three-game series strong, winning 2-0.

Junior pitcher Michael Roberts got the start and held the Yellow Jackets to only four hits through five innings. Roberts reached base twice during the game.

Senior pitcher Will Forth would relieve Roberts in the sixth inning and eventually close out the game, putting his record to 2-0 on the season. Forth also went 1-for-1 on the day, sending a single to right field.

The Bobcats were scoreless through four innings before sophomore Drew McMillan scored the first run of the game.

“I felt like we kept on getting hits but could not capitalize and actually score a run,” McMillan said. “So, once I was finally able to do so, it was a sigh of relief across the whole team.”

Game one was a defensive battle for both teams, as the star pitchers for both the Bobcats and the Yellow Jackets had a solid day.

Game two started at 3 p.m., and the Bobcats looked to carry momentum from game one and secure another win against the no-longer-undefeated Yellow Jackets.

Junior pitcher Elliot Esposito got the start for game two and was nearly flawless, only letting up one run in his four-inning outing.

Freshman pitcher Connor Coursey would relieve Esposito in the fifth inning, and he closed out the game.

This was Coursey’s first time taking the mound this season, and the freshman delivered, allowing only one run and leading the Bobcats to a 12-2 victory.

“It felt really good just to get out there and pitch again,” Coursey said. “I know I have a lot I need to work on, but it is nice to see my team put their faith in me as a freshman, and I am glad I was able to help us get the win.” 

The 12 runs scored by the Bobcats was a season high and one that they would like to remember for the rest of the season.

In game three, the Yellow Jackets came out hot, wanting revenge.

The Bobcats found themselves down 4-2 through seven innings.

Heading into the eighth inning, senior Will Forth looked to start a rally for the Bobcats, as he led off with a double to right field.

Forth’s double sparked an eight-run inning, giving the Bobcats a 10-4 lead that they did not look back on.

“I just stuck to my game plan and figured, if I just do what I know to do, I could spark something in this team, and we could win the game,” Forth said.

The senior has been solid at the mound along with his performance at the plate.

The Bobcats will definitely look to Forth to continue to lead them to a great season.

The club Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m., where they will travel to Kennesaw State to complete their three-game series.