MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (14-10, 2-2 PBC) split the doubleheader matchup against Francis Marion University (13-7, 1-1 PBC) Sunday afternoon at the Peeler Complex. The Bobcats came out on top of a 1-0 pitchers duel in the first game, but then the Patriots jumped to an early lead in game two and finished with the 6-1 victory.
Senior Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) held the Patriots to four hits over eight shutout innings and only faced five over the minimum while striking out seven batters. Gallucci needed only 83 pitches as she retired the final six batters in order.
Freshman Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) continued her impressive year, as she led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a shot to right center for the walk-off win.
"I didn't even feel it come off my bat," said LeRoy. "I wasn't sure if it was gone so I just ran hard until I saw the umpire signaling that it cleared the fence."
Sophomore Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.) finished the game 2-for-2 with a walk.
Taylor Luff went the distance for the Patriots, allowing only four hits, including the home run to LeRoy.
Game two would start very differently, as the Patriots scored in the top of the first. Luff led off with a single and eventually scored on a fielder's choice. They'd add another in the top of the second before scoring three in the third inning.
Bobcat pitching settled down after the third—allowing only a single hit the rest of the game—but Patriot starting pitcher Katie Carnes wouldn't need any extra help. Carnes took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The Bobcats got to Carnes late with five baserunners in the last two innings, but it wasn't enough for a comeback.
Sophomore Mikayla Sparks (Macon, Ga.) was driving force in the offense, going 2-for-2 at the plate after entering as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning. Junior Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) had the other hit for the Bobcats, going 1-for-4 at the plate.
The Bobcats return to action Wednesday, March 6 when they hit the road to play Georgia Southwestern State University at 4 p.m.
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