Okvist and Boyette Lead Bobcats to win as Bobcats Split Young Harris

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Freshman Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) and junior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) led the Georgia College softball team (19-11, 5-3 PBC) to a 6-3 victory after Young Harris College (17-7, 1-1 PBC) took game one of the Saturday doubleheader 3-1 at the Peeler Complex.

Senior Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) took the ball for the Bobcats in game one. Gallucci held the Mountain Lions to three hits through five innings. Georgia College would hurt itself in the sixth, committing three errors before Stacia Williams hit a three-run blast to leftfield. Gallucci was given the hard-luck-loss (5-4) as she went the full seven innings, allowing three unearned runs on five hits, striking out three and walking none.

The Bobcats got on the board in the bottom of the seventh when Okvist reached on an error, stole second and scored on a groundout. Young Harris would hold Georgia College from that point and secure the 3-1 win.

Game two started out poorly for the Bobcats, as Young Harris led off with a walk, followed by three hits before Boyette entered in relief. The freshman got out of the inning without any further damage done.

The Bobcats quickly got on the board in the bottom of the first when Okvist reached on a bunt single before stealing both second and third base. An Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) sacrifice fly scored Okvist.

The score remained 3-1 entering the bottom of the third. Kristen Brooks (Brunswick, Ga.) got the rally started with a single, scoring on an Okvist double. Okvist came around to tie the game on the next play. Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) blasted a triple to right center to bring in LeRoy, and Taylor Campbell (Warner Robbins, Ga.) singled in Martin to complete the scoring for the inning.

The Bobcats headed to the top of the fourth inning with a 5-3 lead and that was more than enough for Boyette.

The freshman pitcher shutdown the Mountain Lion hitters, striking out 10 as she went the full seven innings in the relief effort, allowing two hits and walking two.

The Bobcats added an insurance run in the bottom of sixth, making the final score 6-3. The loss snapped a 16-game win streak for Young Harris.

Okvist went 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles, three runs scored and one RBI. Campbell continued her hot streak, as one day after knocking in three runs she goes 3-for-4 at the plate with two more RBI.

Okvist now has 102 career stolen bases, passing Francis Marion University's Betsy Bouknight into eighth in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) history. She now stands six swipes behind Armstrong's April Jowers.

The Bobcats will take a break from conference play as they return to the field Monday, March 11 at 2 p.m. to take on the Carson-Newman College Eagles.

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