MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University softball team (1-1) began its 2010 campaign today (Feb. 7), splitting with Lynn University (1-1), as the Bobcats nabbed a thrilling 8-5 win before dropping game two 4-2.
Game one featured a remarkable eight-run sixth, as the Bobcats stole the game from the Fighting Knights. Lynn put up four runs in the first, adding another in the second for a 5-0 lead early. The ‘Cats struggled in the field in the first, as the Knights scored four runs on just two hits.
The Bobcats got it going in the sixth, starting off with back-to-back doubles by Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) and Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.). Pitcher Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) helped her own cause with a towering blast to left center, cutting the Lynn lead to 5-3 and providing a huge momentum swing. Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas) singled home another run, Allison Schwimer (Cumming, Ga.) tripled home Pickowitz, then scored on a Smith single.
Burnett drove home the final run with a single of her own, finishing 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and a run. Martin was 2-for-2 scoring twice, while Smith had a 2-for-4 game with a run and RBI.
Burnett (1-0) went all seven innings, allowing five runs on five hits and fanning 10. Callie Darlin (0-1) took the loss in 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits.
In game two, it was Lynn providing late-inning heroics for the 4-2 win. Tied 2-2 after six, the Fighting Knights scored one run on an error and another on a RBI single by Nikki Pallister for the 4-2 win. The Bobcats had the tying run on first with one out in the bottom half, but couldn't score the necessary runs to keep the game going.
Georgia College scored both of its runs in the second, as shortstop Brandie Monroe (Guyton, Ga.) singled home designated player Belourse Jean-Francis (Naples, Fla.), who led off the inning with a single of her own. Smith then brought home Monroe with a single to center as well for a 2-1 lead. Monroe finished the game 2-for-3 with the run and RBI.
Freshman righty Kristi Rodriguez (Marietta, Ga.) (0-1) allowed just four runs on nine hits in her debut, striking out four. Cristie Kaufman (1-0) got the win in relief, going the final five innings of shutout ball with three strikeouts.
The game served as a reunion of sorts, as former Bobcat assistant coach Mandy Harris returned to Milledgeville for the first time since taking over the head coach job at Lynn two years ago.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m., playing host to Queens (N.C.) University.