MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The nationally ranked Lander baseball team fell to Georgia College, 12-2, Saturday afternoon in the second game of their Peach Belt Conference series at John Kurtz Field.
The series is now tied at 1-1 with the third game of the series scheduled for 1 p.m., Sunday.
Georgia College improves to 21-14 overall and 10-10 in the PBC, while Lander moves to 31-10, 18-8. Lander is ranked No. 8 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association; No. 13 by D2 Baseball News; and No. 14 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
The Bobcats' Charlie Hecht (5-2) picked up the win on the mound after striking out two, walking five and allowing two earned runs on four hits in five innings.
Lander's Sam Linn (4-2) suffered the loss after walking two and allowing three earned runs on one hit.
Georgia College took a 4-0 lead in the first inning when Wesley Wommack scored on a bases-loaded walk, Matthew Miller doubled in Dylan Cook and Logan Mattix, then Brandon Purcell went home on Tanner Giesel's RBI groundout.
After Wommack's solo home run in the fifth pushed the score to 5-0, Lander put two runs on the scoreboard in the sixth when Zach Daly advanced home on a bases-loaded walk and Alex Conaway's RBI groundout plated Colby Lusignan.
But the Bobcats answered with three more runs in the bottom of the inning to give GC an 8-2 advantage. Miller had a solo homer, Brandon Benson scored on a wild pitch and Cook drove in Giesel.
Georgia College added stretched its lead to 12-2 in the eighth on RBI singles by Mattix, Purcell and Miller.
For Lander, Matt White batted 2-for-5.
For GC, Miller went 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Mattix and and John Davis collected two hits apiece.