by Matthew Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (2-8) won the first game of a doubleheader with Young Harris College (2-2) in walk-off fashion, scoring two runs in the bottom of the tenth to give them the 8-7 victory. The Bobcats fell 6-3 in game two, splitting the doubleheader at the Peeler Complex.
After tying the game at two in the bottom of the third, both teams remained scoreless forcing extra innings. The drama began in the top of the ninth as Young Harris delivered four runs. GC rallied to match that total in the bottom half.
The inning got started with a bunt single from freshman Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.), followed by a single from Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas). Junior Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) then blasted a double into the left center gap, scoring two in the process.
The 'Cats trailed again heading into the bottom of the 10th, but rallied to score two runs delivering their second win of the young season. Burnett was the hero in this inning as well, delivering a walk-off single that scored Corby Holmes (Social Circle, Ga.). Burnett finished 2-for-4 with four RBI. Pickowitz had four hits in six trips, adding a run scored, while third baseman Lindsey Conway (Madison, Ga.) was 2-for-5 with two RBI.
GC really had it clicking as they racked up 13 hits, as opposed to just six from the Mountain Lions. Junior Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) (2-1) had an inspired effort on the mound, going all 10 innings, allowing just four earned runs and striking out five to earn the win. Lisa Wilson took the complete game loss, allowing five earned runs. Jennifer Spradling was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run.
Unfortunately, the Bobcats may have used up all their offense in game one as they managed three runs in the nightcap. Okvist and Pickowitz continued to thrive, each adding a pair of hits.
Conway also enjoyed a solid game, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Burnett (0-3) was the hard-luck loser, as she went 5.2 innings allowing five earned runs.
Victoria Sink (2-0) went the distance for Young Harris, pitching her second consecutive complete game in the win. The hitting star was designated player Kayla Jones, tallying three hits in four trips, scoring three times and driving in a run.
Georgia College hits the road again as they play six games in three days at the Charger Chillout Tournament in Decatur, Ala. this weekend. The Bobcats will open up with Delta State University Friday, Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m.
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