by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (18-12, 5-1 PBC) split with the Flagler College Saints (25-10, 4-4 PBC) at the Peeler Complex Thursday afternoon, following a 2-0 loss with a 4-3 win in eight innings.
Senior Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) pitched a brilliant game one for the Bobcats but it was not enough as GC could not get the bats going against Donna Munafo. Chandler pitched a complete game allowing only one earned run, striking out three and not walking a single Saint hitter.
The game winning run came in the fifth inning when Tori Jolley doubled to centerfield driving in Lauren Roudabush. Flagler tacked on an insurance run in the seventh.
In game two GC fell behind 1-0 early. After shutting the door in the second inning, the Bobcats' offense exploded for three runs. Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) reached on an error followed by a Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) walk. Junior transfer Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) answered the bell doubling to the gap, driving in both Burnett and Martin. Freshman Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.) then singled to right field driving in Gallucci.
Flagler answered back in the fifth with two of their own to tie the game at three all. Sophomore Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) was held to no stolen bases until the eighth inning of game two when she walked then stole second. After a Natalie Bellantoni (Oviedo, Fla.) sacrifice bunt, Okvist scored on a wild pitch to end the game. The pitch came on an attempted intentional walk, as the pitch went to the backstop on the fly. The catcher then lost in a footrace to the plate, as Okvist's left hand got just under the barehand tag.
Burnett started game two pitching 4 2/3, giving up two earned runs and recording three strikeouts. Erica Bell (Fayetteville, Ga.) relieved Burnett of her pitching duties in the fourth inning. The freshman threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings recording her team leading sixth win of the season.
Okvist has a combined 59 stolen bases in her first two seasons, placing her third on the all-time list and just two behind Aundrea Baker (2003-2006) for second place.
GC softball travels to Augusta State University Saturday, March 17 for a doubleheader set to start at 1 p.m.
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