Bobcat Softball Sweeps Fort Valley State, 1-0 and 13-2

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – It was a tale of two vastly-different games Thursday night at the Peeler Complex, as Georgia College softball (13-9) swept Fort Valley State University 1-0 and 13-2.

Senior Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) and Kierra Thompson went head-to-head in a pitchers' duel in game one. Gallucci (3-3) out-dealt the FVSU righty, going seven innings, allowing three singles and not walking a single Wildcat while fanning nine. Johnson went six innings with one unearned run on six hits and four walks.

Georgia college's run came in the fourth, when Kristen Brooks' (Brunswick, Ga.) RBI single scored Gallucci, who reached on an error. Brooks finished the game 2-for-3 with the RBI.

Game two was vastly different, the Bobcats busting open a 1-1 game with a 10-run third inning. In that frame, the Bobcats had nine hits, just one going for extra bases; a Taylor Campbell (Warner Robins, Ga.) two-run double.

Shortstop Natalie Bellantoni (Oviedo, Fla.) went 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run, while designated player Danielle Knight (Dudley, Ga.) posted three hits in four trips with two RBI and two runs.

Rightfielder Natalie Lampert (Marietta, Ga.) and centerfielder Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) each went 2-for-2, Lampert scoring three times and driving in one, while Okvist scored two and drove in a  run as well. Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) was 2-for-3, scoring twice to round out the multi-hit performers.

Reliever Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) got the win (7-3), going 1 2/3 scoreless. Shantelle Smith took the loss in four innings of work.

The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, March 3 at noon, taking on Francis Marion University (12-6, 0-0 PBC). The Patriots most recently lost to No. 7 University of Tampa 2-1 Sunday.

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