The Georgia College softball team traveled to Miami Shores, FL early Friday morning to take on Barry University in a doubleheader. The Bobcats, thanks to a hot start, entered the week ranked number #19 nationally and looked to improve on that throughout a series of games this weekend.
The first game of the doubleheader was no problem for GC. The Bobcats gave up one run in the bottom of the second, but would not let the Buccaneers score again. Led by centerfielder Danielle Bernstein (2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored), second baseman Abi LeRoy (1-for-3 with four RBIs), and third baseman Kristen Brooks (2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored), the Bobcats scored nine runs on eight hits. They scored three runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to go on for the run-rule victory.
Marisa Boyette went on to pitch the complete five innings allowing only four hits and just the one run, a solo shot by first baseman Julie Brito.
The second game would be much closer. The game saw masterful pitching from both Carly Lewis (for the Bobcats) and Taylor Sabol (for the Buccaneers). Sabol pitched the complete game allowing just two runs on three hits. But Lewis would outdo her by one, giving up just one run on five hits.
The two Georgia College runs were manufactured by catcher Lacey Najafi in the top of the fourth inning. She blasted a two run shot, which would prove to be the difference in the ballgame, as the Buccaneers put just one on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning.
GC holds off the late comeback attempt and takes two victories on the day, improving to 13-3 and winners of four in a row. The Bobcats will take on Nova Southeastern today for another road doubleheader beginning at 1 PM.
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