MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 21 Georgia College softball team (32-12, 14-4 PBC) faced off against the USC Aiken Pacers (22-20-1, 9-11 PBC) Wednesday evening and the Bobcats came away with the sweep, including a 12-inning 4-3 win in the second game. The Bobcats won the first game of the evening 7-4 at the Peeler Complex.
With the sweep the Bobcats are 14-1 in their last 15 games, including a six-game winning streak.
Senior Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) and India Kornegay, two of the best pitchers in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), faced off in the first game.
The Bobcats got to Kornegay early, scoring two runs in the third inning, with Frankie Walls (Dahlonega, Ga.) scoring on an Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) single and then Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) scoring on a Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) squeeze-bunt single.
The Pacers scored one run in the top of the fourth, bringing the score to 2-1 heading to the bottom half.
The Bobcats took advantage of five walks from Kornegay as well as two timely hits to push five runs across the plate in the inning. Kornegay would give way to Taylor Morgan after only 3 2/3 innings pitched, her shortest outing of the season.
The Pacers would score an unearned run in the top of the fifth and then a pair of runs in the sixth, but Gallucci would hold them off, as the reigning PBC Pitcher of the Week improved to 12-4 on the year.
Okvist finished the game 4-for-4 with two runs scored and four stolen bases. With the hits Okvist moves to No. 5 in Georgia College history with 169, passing Heather Jones. Nickie Black is the next former Bobcat on the list, with 173. Diana Baruffa is No. 1 with 211 career hits.
The Bobcats headed into game two of the doubleheader with LeRoy toeing the rubber, facing off against Morgan.
The Pacers manufactured a run in the top of the first, with a walk, stolen base and a single. The Bobcats answered quickly as Walls singled to right field with one out. She was followed by a LeRoy who took a 1-2 pitch from Morgan and hit it off the scoreboard in right-center, giving the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
Both pitchers would settle down after that, as the score remained 2-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning. The Pacers tied the game on a two-out double by Alyssa Cook.
Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) entered the game in the eighth and Kornegay relieved Morgan in the ninth. Each team scored one run in the 10th inning, continuing the stalemate at 3-3.
LeRoy came to the plate in the bottom of the 12th and doubled to center field, missing her second home run of the night by mere feet. She eventually scored the winning run on a throwing error.
LeRoy finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate in addition to going seven innings in the circle, holding the Pacers to five hits and two earned runs in the no decision. Boyette earned the win after five innings of relief work.
The Bobcats return to the field Friday, April 12 at 3 p.m. for a Senior Day doubleheader against Augusta State University.
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