by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.- The Georgia College & State University softball team (20-12, 7-1 PBC) swept Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe Lander University (12-18, 1-7 PBC) 2-0 and 5-2 in today's (March 20) doubleheader at the Peeler Complex. Head coach Ginger Chaffinch and starting pitcher Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) each had record-setting days in the twinbill.
Bobcat ace Chandler broke another PBC pitching record today. Going into game one, the senior was tied for most career wins in the conference. After game two's victory, Chandler now owns the Peach Belt career wins record with 88.
The two wins today also put coach Chaffinch atop the Georgia College record books, making her the winningest skipper in program history. She passed Windy Thees with the game two triumph, tallying 164 W's.
In game one, Georgia College out hit Lander eight to one in the 2-0 shutout. The Bobcats got a run in the first and an insurance score in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Stephanie Lezcano (Columbus, Ga.) started the bottom of the first with a double to left center for her lone hit of the game, eventually scoring on a Sherquita Bostick (Florence, S.C.) double. Bostick finished 2-for-3.
Chandler, the record slasher, pitched all seven innings while fanning 12 Bearcat batters and giving up only one hit. The shutout was her sixth of the season. Sara Senn spoiled the no-hitter for Chandler, claiming the only hit for Lander with two out in the sixth.
Nikki Brown took the loss for the Bearcats giving up four hits and one run with one strikeout while walking two over 1.1 innings pitched. She fell to 1-1 for the season.
The Bobcats continued to out hit the Bearcats in game two 10 to four in the 5-1 victory. The second contest required a come-from-behind effort out of GCSU, as they put up four big runs to overtake the lead in the fourth. Utilizing the single, the Bobcats got the rally using just one extra-base hit.
The fourth started with four consecutive singles, the fourth being a rip through the right side by shortstop Lindsey Swanson (Kennesaw, Ga.) scoring two. The Bobcats then had back-to-back sacrifice flies for the other two runs.
Lead-off hitter Lezcano went 3-for-4 for Georgia College with one run. Bostick went 1-for-3 with an RBI while right fielder Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas) also went 1-for-3 scoring twice. Senior second baseman Allison Schwimer (Cumming, Ga.) posted one run and plated another going 2-for-3 at the plate.
In the circle, Liessner claimed the loss for Lander falling to 7-13 on the season. She threw six innings, allowing 10 hits and five runs while striking out three batters. For the Bobcats, Chandler gave up four hits and two runs while sitting down six Bearcat batters for a complete game effort, improving to 18-6 for the season.
Georgia College ends an eight-game homestand with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Sunday, March 22 against No. 2 University of Alabama-Huntsville (18-0).
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