MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (4-0) took both games against Queens Univeristy (1-3) Sunday evening, winning the first game by a 9-1 run rule in five innings and then taking a 6-4 extra innings win in the second game. The 4-0 start is the best for any Georgia College softball team since the 2007 season.
The Bobcats jumped to an early lead in the first game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning. The game would remain at that score until the top of the fifth, when the Royals put one run across. The Bobcats would answer in the bottom of the same inning, putting a six-run rally together to push the score to 9-1 and end the game with an eight-run mercy rule.
Freshman Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) pulled double duty, as the designated player in the lineup and toeing the rubber in the circle. She pitched five innings and held the Royals to three hits and a lone earned run, facing only five batters over the minimum.
For the second day in a row, the scoring was a result of a balanced attack from top to bottom of the Bobcats lineup. Seven Bobcats each drove in one run, while freshman Danielle Knight (Dudley, Ga.) tripled in two runs in her first at-bat as a Bobcat.
Leadoff hitter Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) went 3-for-4, scoring a run and driving in what ended up being the winning run. She also tallied two stolen bases.
Natalie Bellantoni (Oviedo, Fla.) went 2-fo-3, scoring two runs and knocking one in. Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.) went 2-for-3 with a double and scored a run.
Both teams came out swinging in game two, the Bobcats scoring two runs on a Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) double in the first inning and the Royals answering with a three run rally to take the lead.
The game would remain 3-2 until the top of the sixth inning when Humphries entered as a pinch hitter. With Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) on second after leading off the inning witha walk, Humphries blasted a 1-2 pitch over the leftfield fence giving the Bobcats the 4-3 lead.
The Royals would tie the game in the bottom seventh and send the Bobcats to their second extra inning game in as many days.
Entering the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh, LeRoy doubled to left center, scoring Emily Hammond (Gainesville, Ga.) from second. Frankie Walls (Dahlonega, Ga.) would give the Bobcats an insurance run by singling in LeRoy.
After struggling in the first inning Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) would settle down, finishing the night allowing six hits, four runs, walking three and striking out nine. After the first inning Boyette held the Royals to one run on three hits and one walk. For the second night in a row she struck out the final three batters of the game to secure the win.
The Bobcats will return to action Friday, Feb. 8 when they travel to St. Petersburg, Fla. to compete in the Eckerd College hosted Triton Spring Invitational.
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