DECATUR, Ala. - The Georgia College & State University softball team (4-6) has been greeted rather rudely by a tough 2010 Charger Chillout Tournament field, dropping four games in two days at the tournament hosted by the University of Alabama-Huntsville. The Bobcats lost to the University of West Alabama and No. 20 Wayne State University Friday, and dropped games to the University of North Alabama and Bellarmine University Saturday.
It took extra innings for West Alabama to get past the Bobcats Friday 5-3. UWA picked up two in the top of the eighth, and Georgia College couldn't respond in the loss. Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) and Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) both scored on an Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) double in the third, the first of two doubles for Parker. The second, coming in the sixth, set up Lauren Potts (Gray, Ga.) for a pinch-hit RBI single. Sophomore Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) took the loss, her first of the year.
Game two Friday was a 4-1 loss to No. 20 Wayne State, the Bobcats' first battle with a ranked team this season. Sophomore Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) scored the lone run for Georgia College when she singled and eventually scored on an error by WSU. Freshman Kristi Rodriguez (Marietta, Ga.) took the loss (1-3).
The Bobcats were no-hit by North Alabama's Jennifer Sexton in game one Saturday, with Burnett again getting the loss, dropping to 3-2.
Game two today was a 3-1 loss to Bellarmine, the run coming for GCSU in the third. Senior Allison Schwimer (Cumming, Ga.) reached on a single and eventually scored on a passed ball in that inning. Parker had another double, her third in two days. Sophomore Caitlin Duvall (Douglasville, Ga.) took the loss (0-1).
The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. playing the University of Arkansas-Monticello, then finishing the tournament with a game against Maryville (Mo.) University at 3 p.m.
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