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Baseball - Fri, May 5, 2017
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(10)Middle Georgia State
(RV)University of Mobile
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Middle Georgia State (42-12)400104615152
Mobile (Ala.) (35-20)1002100464
Montgomery, AL Paterson Field
Middle Georgia StatePitchingMobile (Ala.)
Klotz, MasonWinner-
-Loser Rhodes, Braxton
Crews, JaredSave-
Middle Georgia StateIndv. StatsMobile (Ala.)
#10 Flores, MikalDoubles None
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2 Players (#4,#10)Home Runs None

MONTGOMERY, AL - The Knights were originally scheduled to face the Mobile Rams at 8PM Thursday night but with two games delayed from Thursday, the matchup became the second game to be played on Friday.  The Knights got off to a quick start before allowing the Rams to get close but never surrendered the lead before scoring 10 runs in the final two innings for a 15-4 win and earning a spot in the SSAC Semifinals at 2PM Eastern on Saturday versus the winner of Mobile and Loyola taking place Friday.  The final blow came from first baseman Mikal Flores (JR/MacClenny, FL) who hit a grandslam in the top of the 7th capping a 6-run inning.

The Knights jumped on top early as Jesus Monserrat (SR/Warner Robins, GA) led off the game reaching on an error by the Rams' first baseman ahead of Logan Smith (SR/Zebulon, GA)'s second home run of the tournament (7th of the season) that put the Knights up 2-0.  Rams starting pitcher Braxton Rhodes struggled early as the Knights sent 10 batters to the plate in the 1st scoring two more runs on with the bases loaded when Haydn Nechanicky (JR/Suwanee, GA) and Bryce Todd (SR/LaGrange, GA) each got hit by a pitch.  Mason Klotz (SR/Maringouin, LA) was on the mound for the Knights and struggled in the 1st walking 3 of the first 4 batters before hitting the 5th batter to allow a run.  He went on to get a strike out and ground out to end the inning and preserve a 4-1 lead.

Both pitchers settled down in the 2nd with the Knights getting just a single and the Rams going down 1-2-3 and again in the 3rd each held the opponent scoreless but the Knights struck again in the 3rd on a single by Alan Mocahbee (SR/Calhoun, GA) that scored Monserrat for a 5-1 lead.  Klotz struggled through the 4th giving up 2 unearned runs as the defense had 2 errors in the inning but stranded another 3 runners.  While the Knights got just one hit in the 5th, the Rams got to Klotz for one more before Jared Crews (JR/Sanderson, FL) came in and stranded 2 more runners to get the Knights to the 6th with a 5-4 lead.

The Knights bats got hot again in the 6th inning as they finally chased Rams' starter as he walked Smith before back-to-back hit-by-pitch for the Mocahbee brothers.  Will Golden (SR/Waycross, GA) became the first batter to face reliever Cody Campo and doubled to deep right-center to drive in 2 runs.  After a walk to Jack Bell, Mikal Flores doubled in Golden ahead of Haydn Nechanicky's RBI single to score bell and extend the lead to 9-4.  Crews got three ground outs in the bottom of the inning to take the game to the 7th.  With one out in the 7th, Smith and the Mocahbees each singled to load the bases followed by Will Golden's fielder's choice that scored one but a wild throw allowed Alan Mocahbee to be safe at second and Luke Parks (FR/Perry, GA) (pinch running for Andy Mocahbee (SR/Calhoun, GA)) to score while Alan advanced to 3rd.  After a pitching change by the Rams and another error by the defense off the bat of Jack Bell, the table was set for Flores who pelted the 1-1 pitch over the center field wall for a grand slam and 15-4 lead.  Crews finished the Rams off in the bottom of the 7th allowing a hit and a walk among three ground outs to clinch the win and a spot in the semifinals.

With the win, the Knights are now 42-12 on the season with Klotz picking up his 9th win and Crews getting 2nd save after going 2.1 innings and giving up a walk and a hit.  Flores was 4 for 5 in the game with two doubles and a grand slam for his 5th homer of the season (3rd in the last 5 games) and 5 RBI.  Alan Mocahbee was 3 for 3 with 2 runs and an RBI while Golden was 2 for 5 with a double, 3 runs, and 3 RBI.  Logan Smith was 2 for 3 scoring 3 times and had 2 RBI to get the offense started on the day.