Bobcats Split Opening Day at Charger Chillout
by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
DECATUR, Ala. – The Georgia College softball team (6-8) was at each end of some late-inning heroics Friday afternoon at the 2012 Charger Chillout, winning their opening game over Maryville University (0-1) 7-3 before dropping a close 2-1 ballgame against Southern Indiana University (2-0).
The Bobcats and Saints were scoreless through the first two innings of game one before a pair of hits would give Maryville a 3-0 edge.
That score would stick until GC erupted for five runs in the bottom of the fifth, batting through the entire lineup, and then some.
The rally started with a Lindsey Conway (Madison, Ga.) pinch-hit walk followed by a single off the bat of fellow sophomore Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.). The duo would advance 60 feet on a harmless ground ball before a Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) fielder's choice drove in Conway.
Okvist would score soon after on a Dani Galluci (Orlando, Fla.) single down the right field line, trailed closely by an abundance of errors from the Saints defense.
Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) would make quick work of Maryville in the top of the sixth, with the Bobcats adding a pair of insurance runs in the bottom frame en route to the 7-3 victory.
Chandler (2-2) picked up her second win of the season going five innings of relief allowing three runs while striking out three.
Senior Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) toed the rubber for the 'Cats in game two, going the distance allowing just one earned run on six hits while striking out six.
GC owned an early 1-0 lead after a Shahlisa Shirley (Winter Garden, Fla.) RBI single scored Gallucci.
Burnett breezed through the Screaming Eagles lineup for much of the game, running into trouble in the bottom of the fifth before recording three straight outs to get out of a bases loaded jam.
Southern Indiana managed one that inning before delivering the sealing blow in the bottom of the seventh, an RBI single off the bat of Brooke Harmening.
Georgia College has won three of their last four games and look to stay hot when they take on Rollins College at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The second game of the doubleheader will be against the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 10:30 a.m.
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