by Matthew Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (11-30, 6-8 PBC) earned a hard-fought split with the top team in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tuesday afternoon at the Peeler Complex. The Bobcats won a thriller in extra innings over Columbus State University (30-8, 8-2 PBC) 2-1 before dropping the second game by a score of 6-2.
Junior righty Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) pitched a brilliant game for the 'Cats, improving to 8-11 by going the distance in an eight inning, one run effort. Chandler struck out two and allowed a mere three hits against a potent Cougar squad.
Senior Brandie Monroe (Savannah, Ga.) scored the winning run after leading the extra frame off with a single to left field. A sacrifice bunt from junior Corby Holmes (Social Circle, Ga.) advanced Monroe, who was eventually brought home on an error from the Cougar shortstop.
GC rebounded after potentially letting the game slip away in the top of seventh inning. Columbus State scored a run to tie the game, but was unable to muster any more runs off Chandler. Monroe scored the first run as well after leading off with a double in the fifth. She scored on a single by leftfielder Caitlin Duvall (Douglasville, Ga.).
The Bobcats outhit the Cougars 11 to 3, while both teams committed two errors apiece.
In game two, Georgia College fell behind early and struggled to mount much of a comeback until the seventh inning.
The Cougars jumped out to a 6-0 lead prior to the Bobcat seventh that included two runs.
Senior Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas) led the Bobcats, going 2-for-4 while driving in a run, while Holmes added another hit as she went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run.
The Bobcats continue to jockey for position in a tight PBC race, as they are currently tied for seventh place at 6-8.
GC will continue its PBC slate against fellow middle-of-the-pack squad Flagler College, when they travel to take on the Saints Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m.
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