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Monday, March 23, 2009
Contact: Robert Preston, Jr.,
Collins’ heroics lift Tigers over FCCJ
One day after losing 15-3 to the FCCJ Stars in Jacksonville,
the South Georgia State College Tigers used some ninth inning heroics to defeat
the Stars in Douglas 3-2.
Saturday afternoon, the Tigers traveled to Jacksonville for a non-conference
showdown with the Stars. To say the least, things didn’t go well for SGC.
The Stars chased starter James Hickey after three innings. Hickey (4-3,
5.53) gave up six runs (all earned) on seven hits. Relievers Jamaal Smith,
Bray Bishop and Michael Baker didn’t fare much better; they gave up a
combined nine runs on nine hits over the last five innings. Hickey took the
The Tigers amassed 12 hits but scored just three runs – two in the fifth and
one in the sixth. Chris Thompson had three hits for the Tigers, while Lee
Hall and Rhett Smith each had two hits. Zack Kilday, Andrew Anderson and
Thompson scored SGC’s runs.
Sunday, the Stars came to Douglas and ran headlong into Ryan Whiddon (2-2,
3.47). Whiddon threw very well, lasting six innings and giving up just two
runs (only one of which was earned). The Stars touched Whiddon for runs in
the first and fourth innings.
The Tigers scored in the third and fifth to knot the game at two. Neither
team scored until Brandon Collins ended the game in the bottom of the ninth.
Cason Mobley, FCCJ’s third pitcher of the afternoon, started the ninth
inning. Mobley promptly hit Andrew Anderson and Zack Kilday to put runners
on first and second with nobody out. Stuart Drew advanced both runners with
a sacrifice bunt. With one out and Anderson at third and Kilday at second,
Mobley intentionally walked Keenan Ivey, who was 1 for 3 with a double, to
load the bases. That brought Collins to up to bat. The big first baseman was
hitless in three trips to the plate. With the outfield drawn in, Collins
laced a line drive to the wall that drove in Anderson for the winning run.
Though Whiddon threw well enough to win, the pitcher of decision for SGC was
Tony Albritton, the Tigers’ third pitcher of the afternoon. Albritton (2-1,
5.67) gave up one hit over two innings.
Kilday was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Drew and Ivey also drove in runs.
SGC is 19-17 on the season (3-6 in conference) and faces Truett McConnell in
Cleveland on Saturday, March 28 as conference play resumes. The Tigers play
five road games before returning home on April 3 to play Andrew College.
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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.