(We interrupt this evening’s basketball game to bring you the recap of the baseball game that just concluded. Please feel free to join the game night open comment thread.)
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On Wednesday afternoon, the ninth-ranked Diamond Dogs welcomed the ambitious Panthers from Atlanta to Foley Field, where a pair of Georgia State errors aided the Classic City Canines’ cause. The Red and Black broke a deadlock in the seventh stanza to card a 4-1 victory.
The contest remained scoreless through three and a half frames before the Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out away on a pair of singles and a walk. Catcher Brett DeLoach reached on the fielder’s choice that saw left fielder Hunter Cole thrown out at home, but right fielder Peter Verdin drew the base on balls that forced across the go-ahead run.
The Panthers tied it up in the sixth stanza on a leadoff single, a Georgia error, a sacrifice groundout, and an RBI base hit, but the Red and Black reclaimed the lead in the home half of the seventh inning. A GSU miscue allowed catcher Brandon Stephens to reach second to start the home team’s turn at the plate. Third baseman Curt Powell got aboard with one out away and stole second to put two baserunners in scoring position. Center fielder Conor Welton brought one run home on an RBI groundout, then second baseman Levi Hyams plated two more with a home run to right field.
That was more than enough scoring for a Red and Black pitching staff that combined to strike out eight and walk one while conceding three hits and one earned run. Starter Pete Nagel went five frames, allowing only one hit and permitting no Panther to advance farther than first base. The Athenians improved to 4-0 with the win.