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GGC baseball splits two at Southern Poly

MARIETTA — Christian Van Camp had a team-high three RBIs and Robbie Payne pushed his hitting streak to 23 games as the Georgia Gwinnett baseball team split a pair of close games Monday at Southern Poly with a 7-6 win and a 6-4 loss.

The Grizzlies snapped a four-game skid with the game-one win, using two RBIs apiece from Van Camp and Payne in coming back from a 5-3 hole.

In game two, GGC trailed 6-0 through four innings, but made it a contest with three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Georgia Gwinnett stands at 22-13 on the season while SPSU, which opened the year receiving Top 25 votes, is now 24-12.

“We truly played well against a very good opponent today,” said GGC head coach Brad Stromdahl. “We just competed and it was a battle all day long even though we came up on the short end in the second game. I am pleased to come away with a victory.”

Van Camp belted his second home run of the year in the opener, then finished the win on the mound in relief of starter Tyler Carpenter.

The Grizzlies cut their deficit to 5-4 in the fourth before a three-run fifth proved to be the difference.

Antonio Allen and Billy Best both added two hits for GGC.

In game two, Chris Dykes and Reggie Weatherford each had three hits for the Hornets as SPSU scored four times in the third inning and built a 6-0 lead.

Allen added two more hits in the second game to lead the Grizzlies back as GGC tallied three runs in the fifth.

Sloan Strickland homered for the second time this year as GGC came within two, but four defensive errors were costly in the 6-4 loss.

Strickland and Joe Albertson each threw one scoreless inning for the Grizzlies.

Georgia Gwinnett is now 11-8 away from home this season.

The Grizzlies play three more games over the next two days, starting with a 1 p.m. doubleheader tomorrow against Voorhees College in Lawrenceville. GGC opened its season with three victories over Voorhees Feb. 9-10.