Rollins Notches Career Win No. 1 As GSC Splits With Southern Union

Gordon State Baseball's Head Coach, Kent Rollins
Gordon State Baseball's Head Coach, Kent Rollins

Gordon State Baseball’s Kent Rollins picked up his first career win as a college head coach as the Highlanders split a doubleheader with Southern Union State Community College here Friday.

GSC (1-2) dropped the opener 3-0, but came back in the second game with a 4-2 victory. 

In the opener, SUSCC plated single runs in the second and fifth innings and added two more in the fourth to secure the four-run win. 

“We couldn’t get going offensively,” Rollins said. “Their guy on the mound did a good job of keeping us at bay.”

GSC managed just two hits in the seven-inning game – one each for Cole Phillips (Trion, Ga. / Trion HS) and Brody Parkerson (Villa Rica, Ga. / Bremen HS) – and the Highlanders also struck out 14 times and did not draw a walk in 24 official at-bats.

Davis Swenson (Toccoa, Ga. / Stephens County HS) took the tough-luck loss for GSC despite going 2.2 innings and allowing just one run on one hit while striking out four and walking one.

In the nightcap, GSC never trailed and used a four-run fifth inning to pick up the win.

GSC added solo runs in the first and sixth, which sandwiched the big outburst in the fifth for the Highlanders.

Shortstop Will McCrum (Kennesaw, Ga. / Kennesaw Mountain HS) went 1-for-4 with three RBI while Carson Renz (Dacula, Ga. / Mill Creek HS), Brooks Gorman (Macon, Ga. / Tattnall Square Academy) and Trevor Knowles (Folkston, Ga. / Charlton County HS) each had an RBI for the GSC offensive attack.

Renz and Gorman also each walked twice while Gorman scored twice for GSC.

Trey Felt (Lawrenceville, Ga. / Prince Avenue Christian) got the win for GSC by going 4.2 innings and allowed one run on one hit while striking out six and walking one.

“Trey Felt did an unbelievable job on the mound,” Rollins said. “We also barreled balls early and got out to a lead. Renz had a big RBI double in the first to set the tone of the game.”

SUSCC rallied in the bottom of the sixth with three runs to cut the GSC lead to 6-4, but Cory Sheider (St. Augustine, Fla. / Nease HS) came on to work a scoreless seventh inning with a strikeout to get the save and preserve the win. 

“It feels good to get the first (win) out of the way,” Rollins said.

GSC is back in action on Tuesday as the Highlanders take on Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., with the first pitch of the doubleheader scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.


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