GGC baseball team racks up 19 runs in victory

TOCCOA FALLS — The Georgia Gwinnett College baseball team began the final series of the regular season Friday by busting out the bats in a 19-4 victory at Toccoa Falls.

Senior Robbie Payne hit two home runs — in the same 11-run inning — and junior Justin Bryan homered in his GGC debut as the Grizzlies belted 15 hits, seven for extra bases.

The Grizzlies trailed by a 4-2 margin entering the fifth but scored the game’s final 17 runs to coast to the run-rule win in seven innings.

Payne finished the day with a game-high five RBIs while Bryan, Ty Abbott, William Paschal and Zach Alvord all drove in a pair of runs.

Georgia Gwinnett improved to 43-8 while Toccoa Falls fell to 26-12.

The Grizzlies opened with two runs in the top of the first inning as Phillip Bates walked and scored and Bryan doubled and scored.

A four-run fourth with four hits and a GGC defensive error pushed the Eagles in front, 4-2, but the GGC bats awoke in the next inning.

With Bates and Bryan aboard after walks, Payne launched a one-out homer to give the Grizzlies the lead again at 5-4. Eleven total runs would come around on eight hits in the inning with three Eagle errors. Garitt Church had an RBI single, Alvord drove in two with a single and Bates had an RBI single before a pair of long balls. Bryan stepped up and launched a two-run homer before Payne followed with a solo effort for back-to-back shots.

The Grizzlies added six more runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by a two-run double from Abbott and a two-run triple by Paschal.

Bryan, who had been hampered much of the season with an injury, finished the day 3-for-3 in the DH spot with two walks, two RBIs and four runs scored.

Starting pitcher Adam Clark went 3.2 innings before giving way to scoreless relief efforts from Brandon MacKinnon, Tyler Oglesby and Jovanni Cruz.

The series concludes with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. in Toccoa Falls.