MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The 8th ranked Georgia College softball team (32-4, 9-1 PBC) was in action again earlier today, March 28, as they played host to conference foe, Francis Marion University (18-14, 4-6). The Bobcats, winners of nine in a row, would look to improve their record and pick up a pair of wins in a doubleheader.
Game one of the doubleheader was a back and forth contest between the Bobcats and the Patriots. GC scored first in the bottom of the second inning as Lacey Najafi scored on an error. However, Francis Marion would strike back with two of their own in the top of the third inning and one in the top of the fourth inning. But from that moment on, the Bobcats would make their comeback.
They answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as Baylee Hall singled to drive home Kristen Humphries. However, in a wild collision at the plate Humphries was injured and removed from the game after sliding into the Patriot catcher, Shannan Lopez.
Georgia College would respond for their teammate, scoring two more runs on a Holland Coursey double that scored Hall and Hannah Coursey. After an empty frame in the fifth inning, the Bobcats would score four more in the bottom half of the sixth inning to stretch their lead to 8-3.
Georgia College out-hit Francis Marion twelve to six and GC had four players with multiple hits in the game: Danielle Bernstein (3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R), Kristen Humphries (2-for-2, 1 R), Baylee Hall (2-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 R) and Holland Coursey (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 R).
Marisa Boyette (17-1) had an impressive day on the mound, picking up her 17th win of the season. Boyette threw the complete game allowing just six hits and three runs, one of which was earned. She also added ten strikeouts to the impressive 8-3 Bobcat victory.
Game two saw pitching woes plague the Patriots. The use of three pitchers was needed before the game came to an end. Shelby Kelley got the start for Francis Marion and lasted just an inning and a third, giving up 11 runs (10 earned) on just four hits. Kaitlin Munda came on in relief, pitching two and a third innings allowing six runs on seven hits before she was replaced by Katie Cames who finished out the game.
The GC bats exploded for seventeen runs, eleven of which came in the second inning, on twelve hits. Taylor Campbell was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate including a three run blast to give her seven total RBI in the game. Abi LeRoy and Hannah Coursey also had multiple RBI in the game; LeRoy with three and Coursey with four.
Carly Lewis (13-3) got the nod in game two, and she performed at a high level. Lewis pitched the complete five innings in the run-rule victory, allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out five. She picks up her thirteenth win on the season and the Bobcats win their eleventh in a row.
The Bobcats improve their record to 32-4 and 9-1 in conference as they will be back in action tomorrow, March 29, on Military Appreciation Day at the Peeler Complex with a doubleheader against UNC Pembroke. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.