MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.- The No. 20 Georgia College & State University softball team (7-2, 2-0 PBC) split its Valentine's Day home opener winning 2-1 and losing 8-6 with Wingate University (7-1) today at the Peeler Complex.
In game one, both teams put up one run each in the first inning. The 1-1 score would last the rest of regulation, sending the contest into an extra inning. Bobcat pitcher Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) forced Wingate to hit into a double play and then struck out the next batter to get through the top half.
In the bottom of the eighth with one out, Lindsey Swanson (Kennesaw, Ga.) grounded out to shortstop. Noticing the first baseman not paying attention, Haley Holloway (McIntrye, Ga.) advanced home on the play to win the game 2-1.
Picking up the loss for the Bulldogs, pitcher Allison Smith gave up two hits, two runs, walked four and fanned five batters for a complete game effort, falling to 2-1 for the season. Chandler went eight innings allowing eight hits, walking four and striking out 14 improving to 6-1.
After suffering its first loss of the season, Wingate bounced back in game two with a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning. The Bobcats rallied back in the sixth, tallying six runs. With one out, six singles in a row helped get the rally going, and Swanson followed the six consecutive safeties with a two-run double to give GCSU a 6-5 lead. Georgia College out-hit the Bulldogs 13-9 in game two.
With momentum on the Georgia College side, a seventh inning three-run homer by Emily Chavis snatched the lead away, giving the Bulldogs the 8-6 final.
Bobcat ace Chandler tossed seven more innings giving up eight hits, allowing five earned runs, walking one and sitting down 14 batters. The senior threw an estimated 290 pitches for the day with 28 strikeouts. She fell to 6-2 for 2009 campaign.
Offensively, Stephanie Lezcano (Columbus, Ga.) went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI while Parker was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Swanson also had two RBI going 1-for-4 while senior Tonya Medders (Bascom, Fla.) and junior Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) both looked strong at the plate each going 3-for-4 and scoring a run apiece.
Chandler now has 874 career strikeouts, standing one behind Armstrong Atlantic State University's Annie Sells for second in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) history. Chandler's 76th career win came in the opener, putting her at fourth in PBC history passing Columbus State University's Angela Lancaster.
The Bobcats are back in action, Wednesday, Feb. 18 at home against Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opponent Georgia Southwestern (2-4) in the doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.
Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.