GGC roundup: Baseball extends winning streak to 19

Junior Ty Abbott went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored as the Georgia Gwinnett baseball team pushed its winning streak to a full month on the calendar and 19-straight games on Saturday with a 17-3 win over Ohio State-Lima at the Grizzly Baseball Complex in Lawrenceville.

The Grizzlies last lost on Feb. 15 and now stand at 25-3 on the year. The Barons dropped to 0-14.

Jereid Woods stayed hot Saturday with a 3-for-4 day, two RBIs and two runs scored as seven different Grizzlies pitched in a multi-hit effort. Georgia Gwinnett finished with 19 hits as a team.

Starter Jonathan Spitler struck out nine batters over six innings without issuing a walk to improve to 2-0.

“We have been playing well as a team during this stretch,” Grizzlies head coach Brad Stromdahl said. “The key has just been putting the ball in the strike zone on the mound and stringing together timely hits at the plate.”

The Grizzlies connected for two runs in their half of the first inning. Abbott started the scoring with a triple to right-center to score Woods, then Christian Van Camp scored Abbott with a sacrifice fly.

GGC added to its lead in the second inning. Garitt Church scored on a wild pitch, Phillip Bates knocked an RBI single, Woods chipped in a sac fly and Abbott added an RBI single as GGC made it 6-0. Abbott scored on a double-steal to plate the final run of the inning.

The Barons scored three times in the top of the third inning to snap a string of 44 straight runs plated by GGC in the series.

Bates drove home Kyle Norton with a two-out double in the third inning to extend the lead to 8-3.

Woods tripled in the sixth inning and scored on an infield single by Abbott. Strickland later drove in Abbott with an infield single of his own. With the bases loaded later in the inning, Kyle Norton singled through the right side with the bases loaded to score a pair and put GGC on top, 12-3. The 13th run came home on a failed pickoff attempt.

Abbott added another RBI with a sac fly in the seventh, then Jamie McKnight tripled and scored on William Paschal’s triple in the eighth to make it 15-3. Church’s sac fly scored the 16th GGC run while Woods’ final RBI single made it 17-3.

Grizzly women tennis defeat No.3 SCAD

In a matchup of the NAIA’s second- and third-ranked teams, the Georgia Gwinnett women’s tennis team emerged after close doubles contests and cruised in singles play to take down SCAD Savannah by an 8-1 score Saturday in Savannah.

Georgia Gwinnett’s Valeria Podda, who ranks fifth in the country in the ITA’s latest NAIA women’s singles rankings, defeated the nation’s number one player in Theresa Schmaus, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 11-9.

The Grizzlies improved to 12-2 on the year and remain unbeaten in the NAIA, having taken out four top-10 NAIA opponents on the season. The Bees fell to 1-2.

“Our women were very impressive today,” GGC head coach Chase Hodges said. “Valeria had another great win in beating the number one player in the nation. I’m very proud of the team as SCAD is very solid and well-coached.”

Doubles play featured a pair of 9-7 matches as the Grizzlies scratched out an early 2-1 lead.

Podda and Helena Korompis, who rank as the nation’s number two overall doubles pair, outlasted Schmaus and Maja Plavsic (national number four), 9-7.

GGC men’s tennis 9, SCAD Savannah 0

The Georgia Gwinnett men’s tennis team wrapped up its unbeaten road swing with a 9-0 shutout of SCAD Savannah on Saturday in Savannah.

The Grizzlies scored their fifth shutout of the season, reaching 12-0 overall on the year, while the Bees dropped to 0-2.

It was GGC’s fifth victory over an eight-day span that saw the Grizzlies knock off their first-ever NCAA Division I opponent, Div. II power Armstrong Atlantic, a Div. III foe and two NAIA programs.

“Our men took care of business relatively quickly after coming off a huge win over Armstrong,” Grizzlies head coach Chase Hodges said. “Our doubles pair of Morland and de Veer looked very strong today and Hernan Hatem continues to play well in singles.”

The Grizzlies opened up an early 3-0 advantage in doubles. Morland and de Veer led the way on the top line in an 8-3 win, plus GGC got a pair of 8-2 victories from Bruno Tiberti/Erik Moberg and Connor Clements/Matias Hatem.

Singles lacked much drama as the Grizzlies won by a 6-0, 6-0 margin on the top two lines (Tiberti and Clements) and 6-0, 6-1 at number three with Hernan Hatem.

Tony Kostadinov outlasted his opponent, Darnell Sgubin, 2-6, 6-1, 10-0 at number four. Morland and de Veer added wins at fifth and sixth singles in straight sets.

The Grizzlies play their fourth straight road match next Saturday with a trip to Div. III No. 7 Emory before beginning a four-match homestand March 25.