MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University softball team (9-18, 1-3 PBC) lost a pair of games Tuesday night to UNC Pembroke (15-9, 6-6 PBC) by vastly different scores, losing game one 3-1 and game two 10-2.
The Braves put the first run of the night on the board in the third, but Georgia College answered right away. Third baseman Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) started the inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and came around on an error for a 1-1 score.
UNCP put another run on in the fourth on a wild pitch, and added an insurance score on a Morgan Patrick home run in the seventh. Alex Hartshorn tossed the first four innings to get the win, allowing a run and scattering three hits. Caroline Newman got her first save by going the final three hitless. Sophomore Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) fell to 6-8 on the year, going six innings, allowing two earned runs.
Two big innings powered the Braves to a game two win as they had three runs in the third and five in the fourth to pull off the sweep. UNCP recorded 10 hits for their 10 runs. Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) and Martin each recorded RBI singles in the loss. Allison Schwimer (Cumming, Ga.) and Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas) each scored runs, Schwimer ripping her third double of the year in the fifth and coming in on Martin’s single.
The Braves’ Holly Berry recorded two home runs and a double on a 3-for-4 nightcap, driving in five.
Freshman righty Kristi Rodriguez (Marietta, Ga.) dropped to 3-5, going 2 1/3 innings, allowing three earned among her four. Hartshorn (5-1) won this one as well with three innings of work, fanning four with one run allowed.
The Bobcats head to Augusta State University for more Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action Thursday, March 11 at 2 p.m.
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