Solid Pitching and Lively Bats Propel GSC To DH Sweep of Oglethorpe JV

Freshman Thomas Ross pitched the Highlanders to a Game 1 win over the Oglethorpe University JV on Tuesday.
Freshman Thomas Ross pitched the Highlanders to a Game 1 win over the Oglethorpe University JV on Tuesday.

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Gordon State pitchers allowed just three runs and the offense erupted for 26 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Oglethorpe University junior varsity as the Highlanders ran their win streak to 10 games on Tuesday night at Anderson Field.

Game 1 went to GSC, 14-2, as the Highlanders pounded out 13 hits in the 12-run win.

Game 2 also went to GSC, 12-1, as the Highlanders scored in every inning of the shortened five-inning game.

GSC led from start to finish in Game 1 as the Highlanders scored three runs in the first inning, two more in the third, four in the fourth and five in the seventh.

Jesse Sherrill (Pensacola, Fla. / Tate HS), Cole Phillips (Trion, Ga. / Trion HS), Derek Wylie (Warner Robins, Ga. / Veterans HS) and Jamel Rookard (Winston, Ga. / Chapel Hill HS) each had two hits for GSC -- including home runs from Phillips (5) and Wylie (6).

Sherrill scored three runs from the leadoff spot while Gavin Patel (Moultrie, Ga. / Colquitt Co. HS), Hunter Marion (Zebulon, Ga. / Pike Co. HS), Phillips, Wylie and Rookard each had two RBI for GSC.

Joseph Gill (Canton, Ga. / Creekview HS) also had an RBI and a run scored for the Highlanders. 

Thomas Ross (Watkinsville, Ga. / Prince Avenue Christian) allowed just one run on six hits while striking out 10 and walking two in five innings to pick up his first win of the season.

Dylan High (Carrollton, Ga. / Central Carroll HS) closed out the game with two innings of work and allowed a run on one hit, struck out five and walked four.

GSC took advantage of some shaky OU defense in Game 2 as the Highlanders plated single runs in the first and third innings, five in the second, two in the fourth and three more in the fifth on just five hits and six walks.

Sherrill and Phillips had two hits each while Sherrill added three runs and three RBI.

Phillips also scored a run and walked once.

Beau Spears (McDonough, Ga. / Tatnall Square Academy) went 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI.

Joseph Gill (Canton, Ga. / Creekview HS) got his first win of the season for GSC with four innings of one-run, one-hit pitching to go along with seven strikeouts and four walks.

Cory Newsome (Moultrie, Ga. / Colquitt Co. HS) finished out the five-inning contest with a perfect fifth inning that included two strikeouts.

GSC (16-5) returns to the diamond on Monday, March 16, as Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17) play gets started with the Highlanders traveling to Tifton to take on Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in a 6 p.m. ET contest.

The Gordon State College Department of Athletics is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA).  Gordon State College competes in NJCAA Division I in the sports of Women's Soccer (Fall), Men's Basketball (Fall/Spring), Softball (Spring) and Baseball (Spring).  Gordon State College is located in Barnesville, Ga., approximately 60 miles south of Atlanta and 35 miles northwest of Macon.  Gordon State College offers both two-year and four-year degree programs and believes that our Athletics program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to be successful academically, athletically and in life after their time as a Highlander.  You can follow GSC Athletics at, on Facebook (@GordonStateCollege #GSCHighlandersForward), on Twitter (@GordonState) and Instagram (gordon_state).