MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University softball team (11-24, 3-7 PBC) divided wins in a crucial Peach Belt Conference (PBC) doubleheader with USC Aiken (14-17, 6-8 PBC) Wednesday at the Peeler Complex. The Bobcats took game one 7-3, then dropped the nightcap 13-4.
Senior centerfielder Allison Schwimer (Cumming, Ga.) was 4-for-4 with four runs, a double and an RBI in game one. Sophomore Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) went 2-for-4, driving in three, and freshman Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) echoed the 2-for-4, scoring a run.
The Bobcats took the lead in the bottom of the second when down 2-1, a Schwimer double plated Jessica Solomon (Douglasville, Ga.) who led the inning with a single. A single from Belourse Jean-Francis (Naples, Fla.) then gave Georgia College the lead.
Two more runs scored on a Lauren Potts (Gray, Ga.) pinch-hit single in the fourth, and then GCSU added another pair in the sixth on a Burnett single.
Burnett (8-11) got the win in relief, going 3 2/3 innings, scattering three hits and two walks for one unearned run. Pacer starter Kathleen Nichols (1-7) went the distance, allowing five earned runs on 12 hits.
Game two had a near comeback by the ‘Cats, thwarted by a six-run sixth.
Down 7-1 after three, the Bobcats plated three runs in the fourth, cutting the score to 7-4. Jean-Francis led off with a single, scoring on a Burnett double one pitch later. A Solomon single to center brought Burnett home, then after a walk and a sacrifice bunt, a Potts sacrifice fly scored Solomon.
The ‘Cats had the tying run at the plate in the fifth, but lined into a double play to end the threat. Then the Pacers responded with the big six-run inning to put it out of reach.
Burnett was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, finishing at 4-for-7 with her fifth home run, two runs and five RBI for the day. Jean-Francis added a 2-for-3 effort with a run. USCA’s Lauren Locklear was the big slugger for game two, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs. Three other Pacers had two hit games.
Freshman Kristi Rodriguez (Marietta, Ga.) took the loss (3-6), going 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and two walks. USCA’s Toni Flessate (7-7) got the complete-game win halted in the sixth, allowing all four runs earned on six hits.
The split puts GCSU at 3-7, ninth in the loss column for the PBC standings.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, March 29 at 2 p.m., traveling to No. 10 Augusta State University.
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