Carrollton, GA – Single runs in the first two innings proved to be enough for Jake McLinskey, who scattered four hits and a run over 6.1 innings to lead the Golden Knights to a 2-1 lead over South Georgia in Friday’s double-header nightcap. Connor Wilson recorded the final two outs to earn the save.
McLinskey cruised through the first 6 innings against the Hawks. WGTC got on the board in the first when Aaron Gonzalez doubled in Reagan Thomas. In the second, Justin Jackson drew a bases-loaded walk to score Paul Roth, pushing the lead to 2-0.
It remained that way until the seventh, when things got a little exciting. McLinskey opens the inning with a strikeout, but a Hawk single and double cut the WGTC lead to 2-1, with the tying run at second base. Wilson enters the game and retires the next two hitters to record the save.
McLinskey improved to 5-0 on the year, while Wilson leads the club with 3 saves. The win salvaged 1 game of the 4 game series. In Douglas on Tuesday, the Hawks cruised to a 14-3 win in Game 1. Back in Carrollton Thursday, the Golden Knights jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 2 innings. However, South Georgia plated three in the fifth and sixth innings, and a single run in the seventh to take a 7-6 win in Game 2. The first game in Friday’s doubleheader was a back-and-forth affair before the Hawks pulled away for an 11-8 win.
Two weeks into conference play, WGTC finds itself 13-17 overall, 2-6 in GCAA action. On Tuesday, the Golden Knights will host Abraham Baldwin at 1:15 p.m. The series will move to Tifton for the final three games with a single game Friday and a Saturday doubleheader.