CARROLLTON, Ga.- The Georgia College & State University softball team (15-11, 3-1 PBC) fell to the University of West Georgia (14-8) in today's (March 10) doubleheader 7-3 and 6-2 at Oil Park.
Down 4-1 into the top of the sixth, the Bobcats cut it close with a two-run inning, only to have the Wolves respond with three runs to put it back out of reach. Maggie Davis (Dacula, Ga.) singled home Sherquita Bostick (Florence, S.C.) who had doubled to start the sixth.
Both teams posted 10 hits in game one, but unlike the Wolves, the Bobcats were not able to translate those hits into runs. Freshman Stephanie Lezcano (Columbus, Ga.) went 2-for-4 at the plate for Georgia College, scoring one run, while senior Tonya Medders (Bascom, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Senior centerfielder Bostick was 1-for-3 at bat with the one run while designated player Davis was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Jessica Solomon (Douglasville, Ga.) added a 2-for-3 opener. Lezcano, Bostick and Solomon all ripped doubles for the Bobcats.
Senior Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) tossed five innings for the Bobcats, giving up 10 hits and seven runs while recording eight strikeouts. Chandler took the loss falling to 13-6 for the season while West Georgia's Haley Dunn snagged the win.
In game two, the Wolves handcuffed the Bobcats, out-hitting them 13 to three in the 6-2 GCSU loss. Senior shortstop Lindsey Swanson (Kennesaw, Ga.) went 1-for-3 at the plate with one RBI while classmate Bostick echoed those stats. Junior leftfielder Haley Holloway (McIntyre, Ga.) was 1-for-3 at bat scoring one run while Solomon claimed the other Georgia College run.
A Swanson single scored Solomon in the third, cutting the lead to 2-1, but the Wolves got a big four-run fifth to come out with the doubleheader sweep.
Burnett threw six innings with 13 hits, six runs, three walks and two strikeouts collecting her third loss of the season. In the circle for the Wolves, Kacie Crider allowed three hits and two runs while fanning seven Bobcats for a complete-game effort.
The Bobcats are back in action, Thursday March 12 when they host Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opponent Georgia Southwestern State University for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. at the Peeler Complex.
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