MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (8-6, 1-1 PBC) dropped two games Wednesday afternoon to Anderson University (13-1, 0-0 SAC) at the Peeler Complex. The Trojans took a pair of pitching duels from the Bobcats, 4-1 and 3-0.
The Bobcats got on the board first in game one, as Natalie Bellantoni (Oviedo, Fla.) scored from second on a Frankie Walls (Dahlonega, Ga.) bunt single.
The Trojans answered in the top of the third and then took the lead in the fourth inning. Anderson took advantage of defensive miscues by the Bobcats to get the lead with an unearned run. The score would remain 2-1 till the seventh inning as Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) would scatter 11 hits in her 6 ⅔ innings while striking out eight Trojans. The Bobcats were equally stymied by Lauren Bell.
The Trojans would push two more unearned runs across in the top of the seventh and hold off the Bobcats for the win in game one.
Bellantoni was the only Bobcat to collect two hits in the first game while Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) reached base three times, walking twice and being hit by a pitch.
Game two quickly turned into another pitcher's duel, as Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) and Bailey Smith would hold each team scoreless through four innings. The Bobcats hurt themselves again, as the Trojans pushed across two unearned runs after a throwing error in the fifth inning.
The Trojans added an insurance run in the sixth inning, as pitcher Bailey Smith helped her own cause with a home run to left field. Smith went the full seven innings for the shutout and win. She allowed only three hits while striking out six batters.
Georgia College returns to action this weekend when they travel to Florence, Ala. to participate in the University of North Alabama Invitational. The Bobcats will play six games in three days, the second stretch of that multitude this season.
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