by Matthew Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (7-22) lost a pair of ballgames Friday to Wingate University (14-5) at the Peeler Complex. The Bobcats rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one, but fell by one run, 5-4, dropping game two 9-1.
Trailing 5-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, GC got things going with an Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) walk. She was followed by Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) who belted a home run to left field to bring the score within one.
The rally continued with a Maggie Davis (Roswell, Ga.) single, followed by a walk to Lindsey Conway (Madison, Ga.). Davis scored later on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Corby Holmes (Social Circle, Ga.). Davis led the Bobcats for the game, going 2-for-4. Freshman Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) also collected a pair of hits in five at-bats. A pair of fielder's choice groundouts with runners on first and second ended the late rally a run short.
Burnett did an excellent job keeping Georgia College afloat, throwing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. The winner was Allison Smith throwing six innings and allowing three earned runs. Wingate catcher Brittany Barrineau was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a pair of runs, swatting a round tripper.
Game two was a different story, as the Bobcats were unable to overcome three early errors, eventually falling 9-1 in six innings.
Burnett started game two, working 1 2/3 innings and allowing six runs, with just one of those being earned. Brown started game two (9-2), tossing a six inning complete game with one earned run. Barrineau again went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run.
The 'Cats mustered one run in the bottom of the fourth on another Burnett home run to dead center field, but that was all from the offense. She now has seven on the season to lead the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
Davis continued her great day going 2-for-3 in the second game, giving her four hits total in the doubleheader effort.
The Bobcats will look to rebound against Carson-Newman College Sunday, March 13 at Alumni Day beginning at noon at the Peeler Complex.
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