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Monday, Feb. 23, 2009
Contact: Robert Preston, Jr.,
Fietsam throws complete game shutout in SGC win Friday
The South Georgia State College Tigers stand at 8-8 on the season
after dropping two of three games this past weekend at George A. Cook
Stadium in Douglas.
SGC defeated Southwestern Illinois Community College 10-0 Friday afternoon,
then lost 9-4 to the Olney Community College (Illinois) Blue Knights
Saturday. On Sunday, the Tigers lost 9-8 to the Central Florida Community
Friday, SGC starter Greg Fietsam kept Southwestern off balance all
afternoon. Fietsam (2-2, 3.0 ERA) threw a complete game shutout, allowing
just four hits and one walk while striking out six.
The Tiger offense scored in every inning except the bottom of the second.
Zach Kilday had a great day at the plate, going 4 for 4 with three runs
scored. Keenan Ivey was 2 for 4 with four RBI and one run scored. Brandon
Collins was 1 for 3; his lone hit was a solo home run – the first of two he
hit on the weekend.
Saturday’s game didn’t go quite the way the Tigers would have liked. Olney
scored five runs – all it would need -- in top of the second. However, the
Blue Knights added runs in the third, fifth and eighth to build a commanding
lead. The Tigers managed just two runs in the second and one each in the
seventh and ninth innings.
Starting pitcher James Hickey (2-1, 6.30 ERA) lasted 2 2/3 innings and
surrendered six runs (four earned) on four hits. Other Tiger pitchers seeing
action were Justin Fordham, Bray Bishop and Scott Groover. Offensively,
Kilday was 3 for 5 with a double, while Brandon Collins, Jamaal Smith,
Keenan Ivey, Cole Anderson, Andrew Anderson and Lee Hall also had hits for
SGC. Smith, Ivey, Anderson and Michael Baker scored the Tigers’ runs.
Sunday, SGC built an 8-5 lead through four innings over the Patriots.
However, Central Florida plated two runs in the seventh and ninth innings to
pull ahead 9-8. The Tigers hit the ball well, tallying 16 hits off six
Patriot pitchers, including a two-run home run in the third inning by Cole
Anderson (1) and a solo home run by Brandon Collins (3) an inning later.
Starter Ryan Whiddon (1-1, 5.64 ERA) left the game after the sixth inning
with a three-run lead intact. However, the SGC bullpen couldn’t keep the
Patriots from scoring. They touched Tony Albritton and Justin Newsome for a
combined four runs (all earned) on seven hits over the last three innings to
take a 9-8 lead. Michael Baker finished the game for the Tigers; he pitched
1/3 of an inning and didn’t allow a run. Newsome took the loss.
Seven Tigers had hits in the game, with Collins and Ivey both leading the
way with 4 for 5 days at the plate. Kilday, Stuart Drew and Justin Roberts
each had two hits for SGC.
Tuesday, the Tigers travel to play St. Johns River Community College at 4
p.m. Conference play begins Thursday with a trip to Cochran to play the
Middle Georgia College Warriors. The series with Middle Georgia continues in
Cochran Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. double-header. SGC returns home on
Tuesday, March 3 for a double-header against Lake Michigan Community
College. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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About South Georgia State College
South Georgia State College (www.sgc.edu)
was founded in 1906 and is a two-year institution in the University System
of Georgia. Located in Douglas, Ga., the college's environment gives
students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close
collaboration with faculty.