GGC baseball team sweeps first-ever series

DENMARK, S.C. — The Georgia Gwinnett College baseball team piled up 16 hits on Sunday as it finished off a three-game sweep with a 16-3 win over Voorhees College (S.C.) in Denmark, S.C., taking the first series in program history.

The Grizzlies move to 3-0 after taking the first two games of the series in shutout fashion over the NAIA’s Tigers (0-6) on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Grizzlies had 2-for-3 efforts at the plate from Antonio Allen, Jereid Woods and North Gwinnett grad Kyle Norton. Junior infielder Sloan Strickland did the honor of belting the first home run in team history.

On the mound, junior starter Bradley West’s 3.2 innings keyed a strong staff start, as Tyler Carpenter, Christian Van Camp, Allen, Angelo Lombardo and Berkmar grad Dreyvis Perez all made pitching appearances for GGC.

The game ended after seven innings on a run rule.

“We got everybody some game experience today,” said Grizzlies head coach Brad Stromdahl. “I’m again very pleased with the end result and the fact that everybody got their feet wet.

“We are getting a better understanding of who we are as a team and we’re growing together as we play,” Stromdahl added of the opening series. “This was a great building experience getting this program off the ground.”

The Grizzlies took 11-0 and 12-0 wins on Saturday on their first day of intercollegiate competition.

The team returns to action on Wednesday against Truett-McConnell College (1-3). First pitch in Cleveland, Ga., is set for 2 p.m.