COCHRAN, Ga. (Baseball) – Early offense from Middle Georgia State led to a lead of three after two innings played and the Shawnee State baseball team scored to tighten the game, but a two run-fifth inning from the Knights led them to a 5-2 victory over the Bears Saturday afternoon at Stucky Field.
Brandon Reaman (JR/Dayton, Ohio) and Conner Wilson (SR/San Diego, Calif.) contributed Shawnee's only runs in the contest. Reaman finished the game 2-for-4 with a single and a double, while Wilson was 1-for-3 and reached base twice.
The hosting Knights (6-1) found an offensive spark early, scoring two runs in the first inning and adding another in the second. Shawnee State (0-3) made the most of an opportunity, as Mike Watson (SO/Niles, Ohio) reached base on a wild throw and advanced to third on a groundout, Reaman singled to left-center and put the Shawnee on the board. At the end of three the Bears trailed, 3-1.
The Bears were never able to reduce the gap as the Knights added another two runs in the fifth stretching their lead to 5-1. Wilson added an RBI in the eighth, driving in Reaman, but it was the final run Shawnee put on the board.
The Bears got strong relief efforts from Brady Knittel (SO/West Portsmouth, Ohio) going one inning allowing zero hits and one strikeout and Brandon Bonar (SR/Chillicothe, Ohio), who also pitched a hit-less frame.
The Bears face off against Taylor University on Friday at the LakePoint Sporting Community in Emerson, Ga. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.