GC Softball’s Season Ends in 7-6 Heartbreaker

by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The No. 7-seed Georgia College softball squad (25-24) suffered a devastating loss in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament against the No. 2-seed North Georgia Saints (44-7) Saturday afternoon, 7-6.

Senior Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) shined for the Bobcats finishing 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. Burnett's two round trippers pushes her to the top-spot all-time on GC's home run list with 25 in her career.

The Bobcats jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after a Burnett blast in the top of the first. After surrendering two in the bottom half of the first and one in the second, the Bobcats found themselves all squared at three.

The 'Cats tacked on one in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, only to be outdone by the Saints in the bottom half of the sixth. Freshman Tiffanie Burns hit a three-run shot to leftcenter to equal the score once again.

In the bottom of the seventh the Saints got a bases-loaded walk to close the game, as Rochelle Shuman crossed the plate with the game-winner. Melissa Dickie picked up the win for the Saints and is now a perfect 18-0 on the season.

Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, run and a stolen base. Shahlisa Shirley (Winter Garden, Fla.) also was a multi-hit performer finishing 2-for-3.

This loss brings the Bobcats' season to a close, a year that saw three players receive All-PBC nods and three Georgia College records broken. Okvist finished the season a perfect 52-for-52 on the base paths, setting the GC single season and career record.

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