by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Georgia College softball squad (22-18) bounced back from a five-game slide and swept the Young Harris College Mountain Lions (18-16) Tuesday afternoon, 6-3 and 16-2.
Game one started off quickly with the Bobcats striking for two in the first inning. The Mountain Lions would answer with two of their own in the second to knot it up. Frankie Walls (Dahlonega, Ga.) started the rally in the fourth singling two Bobcats home. A couple key mistakes allowed the 'Cats to score two more, making the score 6-2. Walls finished 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Freshman Erica Bell (Fayetteville, Ga.) started game one picking up the victory, throwing five strong innings and surrendering only one run. Bell is now 7-2 on the season. Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
The second stanza was scoreless until the bottom of the second when a throwing error gave Young Harris the first run of the game. The Mountain Lions gave the favor right back with two errors in the third plating two Bobcat runs.
The 'Cats would add one more in the fourth when Okvist singled up the middle. GC added one in the fifth, three more in the sixth and then erupted for nine runs in the seventh aided by a Kelsea Martin (Covington, Ga.) two-RBI double to the gap in right.
Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) threw a complete game scattering eight hits and giving up one earned run to pick up her team-leading eighth win of the season. Okvist finished 6-for-6 with three runs, three RBI and three swipes. Martin finished 3-for-5 with four RBI.
Okvist stole four bases on the day, increasing her season total to 47, and her career number at 71. After today's action, the three stolen bases passes Leigh Jacobs (1995-98) for first place on the all-time steals list at GC. Her single-season effort is tied for third in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) history; the seven-year-old record is 56.
The Bobcats travel to Carson-Newman College for another non-conference doubleheader Wednesday, March 28 set to start at 1 p.m.
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