The fifth-ranked Georgia Gwinnett baseball team continued its offensive explosion, scoring nine runs on Friday to defeat No. 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 9-3 in the first game of its three-game weekend series against the Blue Raiders.
The Grizzlies (8-3) extended their winning streak to seven games behind the 8.2 innings of work by starting pitcher Nikolay Uherek and the 3-for-4 performances at the plate by third baseman Deion Sellers and second baseman Marcus McCorkle. Sellers and McCorkle scored five of the Grizzlies' nine runs during the contest.
"Our guys swung the bat very well today, played sound defense, and took advantage of every baserunner we could," stated GGC head coach Brad Stromdahl. "Nikolay pitched a great game for us in his longest outing as a Grizzly. We've got two more games this weekend against Lindsey Wilson, and we are excited to learn more about ourselves on the field."
Georgia Gwinnett surged to a 7-0 lead after four innings of play, scoring two runs in the first, three in third, and one in both the second and fourth. In the first, GGC took a 2-0 lead on an infield bunt single by first baseman Brady Hamilton, scoring Sellers from third. McCorkle would also score on a fielding error by the Blue Raiders when the throw down to second sailed high on a successful double steal.
An RBI-single by right fielder Jean Figueroa in the second inning pushed the Grizzlies' lead to 3-0 while center fielder Chris Jones drove in GGC's fourth and fifth runs of the contest with a two-run triple off the right field fence in the third inning. In the same inning, shortstop Trevor Bradley made it 6-0 with an RBI-single to right. Hamilton struck again in the fourth with an RBI-single to the left-center gap, increasing the Grizzlies' advantage to 7-0.
Lindsey Wilson (1-6) responded with three runs over the next two innings to cut the GGC advantage to 7-3. The Blue Raiders scored on an RBI-single by Alec Salcedo and a bases-loaded walk in the fifth and followed it up with an RBI-single to left by Lawyer Braun in the sixth.
GGC would score two insurances runs, one in the sixth and seventh, respectively, en route to the 9-3 win. McCorkle made it 8-3 with an RBI-single to the hole at short while pinch hitter Brandon Frazier plated GGC's final run of the contest with a sacrifice fly to deep center field, scoring Jones.
Uherek (2-1) recorded his second win of 2017, striking out seven batters in 8.2 innings of work. The right-hander allowed just three runs on three hits. Lindsey Wilson's Ricky Winfield was credited with the loss.