by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.- The Georgia College & State University softball team (20-14) fell 5-1 and 9-1 to No. 2 University of Alabama-Huntsville (23-1) today (March 22) at the Peeler Complex.
Senior Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) was in the circle for the Bobcats during game one, falling to 18-7 for the season. Chandler tossed all seven innings, giving up five hits and five runs while fanning 10 batters. Those 10 strikeouts gave the Bobcat ace career high of 1,069, enough to put her in ninth in Division II history, just 11 out of eighth place.
For the Chargers, Whitney Hawkins pitched 5.1 innings allowing three hits and one run with five strikeouts. Hawkins took the win improving to 6-0 for the season, while Alex Lewis snagged her sixth save of the year. Lewis threw 1.2 innings with one strikeout.
The Georgia College bats struggled to put up three hits in the game one. Freshman leftfielder Stephanie Lezcano (Columbus, Ga.) went 1-for-3 scoring the Bobcats' only run. She singled and was plated by a Lindsey Swanson (Kennesaw, Ga.) double to right-center in the sixth.
Charger first baseman Caitlin Lee was 2-for-4 with five RBI and a run, getting a two-run double in the fifth and a three-run round tripper in the seventh.
In game two, the Bobcat bats warmed up slightly as they posted five hits but not enough to overpower the Chargers' seven. UAH got a five-run second to push ahead in the game.
The Bobcats got their run in the fourth, when freshman catcher Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) reached on a fielder's choice. After a wild pitch, junior designated player Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) ripped a double down the leftfield line to score Parker. Senior centerfielder Sherquita Bostick (Florence, S.C.) went 2-for-2 in the second game.
UAH rightfielder Emily Roach knocked two solo home runs to lead the Chargers. Centerfielder Kelli Long also finished 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI.
In the circle, Sage Woodham (pitched five innings for the Chargers when her team's nine runs enacted the 8-run mercy rule. Woodham gave up five hits and one run with four whiffs taking the win and improving to 9-0. Freshman Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) tossed one inning for the Bobcats, allowing four hits and five runs with one strikeout claiming the loss and falling to 1-5. Burnett's classmate, Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) threw four innings with three hits, four runs and fanning three.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, March 24 as the travel to Salisbury, N.C. to take on Catawba College in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.
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