COLUMBUS, Ga. – Georgia College & State University softball (11-28, 3-11 PBC) scored 11 runs Wednesday night, the second-most in a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) doubleheader this season, but it wasn’t enough, as the Bobcats dropped a pair, 9-5 and 10-6 at Columbus State University (18-21-1, 4-8 PBC).
Senior Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) swatted a pair of home runs in game two and finished 4-for-8 with three runs and five RBI.
Game one was won in the late innings by CSU, as the Bobcats were up 5-4 into the fifth. The Cougars knotted it up with one in the fifth, and took the lead with a four-run sixth.
Sophomores Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) and Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) tried to make the most of their homecomings, as Parker went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI, and Burnett finished 2-for-2 with her sixth home run of the season. Smith went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run.
Burnett (8-13) took the loss, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing nine earned runs and fanning five.
Game two was also snatched from the ‘Cats late, as a four-run fifth put the Bobcats up 5-0. The Cougars responded in a big way, plating eight runs in the bottom half, with another two in the sixth for the 10-6 victory.
Smith ripped a three-run opposite field shot in the fifth after third baseman Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) led off the inning with her second home run of the season. Smith added a solo shot in the seventh with one out, this time taking the ball to left.
Martin finished 2-for-4, driving in one and scoring twice. Smith was 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI in game two, tying Burnett for the team lead in long balls at six. Smith has 16 career home runs good for sixth in school history, two behind Kristin Hughes (2002-03). Parker added another 2-for-4 effort in the second game.
Sophomore Caitlin Duvall (Douglasville, Ga.) fell to 0-7 with the loss, as she allowed the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, April 3 at noon, hosting Flagler College (24-18, 6-6 PBC) at the Peeler Complex. The Saints most recently swept Lees McRae College 6-0 and 4-1 Tuesday.
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