MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University softball team (11-30, 4-12 PBC) split with Flagler College (26-20, 8-8 PBC) Saturday, rebounding from a 7-4 loss for a 5-2 win at the Peeler Complex.
In game one the Saints plated the first four runs of the game, with Georgia College reaching the scoring column in the fifth on a Jessica Solomon (Douglasville, Ga.) RBI single.
The Saints responded with three more runs for a 7-1 lead. Georgia College plated two in the sixth and one more in the seventh, but could get no closer.
Leftfielder Belourse Jean-Francis (Naples, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with a run, including a double. Pitcher Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) added a 2-for-3 effort as well, following Jean-Francis’ double with one of her own for an RBI. Burnett took the loss in four innings of work, allowing four runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
Kelly Riddick (16-10) went five innings in the victory, surrendering one run. Centerfielder Lauren Ely went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run.
In game two, great pitching from Burnett and a three-run fourth made the difference in a 5-2 win.
Burnett went all seven frames (9-14), surrendering two runs, scattering eight hits and striking out three. She also drove in two runs and scored once. Tied at 1-1, the Bobcats opened the game up in the fourth.
Jean-Francis led off with a single and stole second. Burnett promptly ripped a double to left, bringing home the runner for a 2-1 lead. After an out, second baseman Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) took the first pitch she saw deep over the left center fence for a 4-1 advantage. The home run was the 17th in Smith’s career, one out of fifth place in GCSU history.
After the Saints cut the lead to 4-2 in the fifth, Solomon singled home pinch runner Melanie Goolsby (Guyton, Ga.) in the sixth for the insurance run and the 5-2 final.
Jean-Francis and centerfielder Allison Schwimer (Cumming, Ga.) each went 2-for-3 with a run scored in game two.
Kristen Chapman (8-6) took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits over 3 1/3 innings. Shortstop Heather Hill was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run, blasting a solo shot in the fifth.
For the two games, Jean-Francis went a combined 4-for-6 with two runs and a double.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, April 7 at 2 p.m., traveling to Armstrong Atlantic State University.
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