by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (2-2) began and ended the 2014 Bobcat Blast Tournament with a shutout win. This time the Bobcats dropped the opener against Queens University (2-2), 4-3, before winning the second game 3-0 Sunday at the Peeler Complex.
On the second day of the second month, each participating team in the tournament won and lost twice. In the first game, the Royals scored all four runs in the third inning and barely held off a late Bobcat rally. Georgia College came up just short in the last inning getting five hits and scoring three runs.
The rally began when sophomore Danielle Knight (Dudley, Ga.) started the seventh inning with a double to centerfield. Then, Senior Emily Hammond (Gainesville, Ga.), freshman Danielle Bernstein (Cumming, Ga.), senior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.), and sophomore Kristen Brooks (Brunswick, Ga.) all added singles, with the latter two each accounting for a RBI, respectively. Sophomore Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) brought in the third run on a sacrifice, but the late attempt to even the score would end there. Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) took the loss in allowing six hits. Both Okvist and Brooks ended the opener with a pair of singles each to account for the Bobcats' seven hits.
In the second game, Georgia College's first and last times at bat produced runs. In the first inning, Okvist led off with a bunt-single. LeRoy's sacrifice fly to leftfield scored Okvist for an early 1-0 lead that would hold until the end. There would be no further scoring until the Bobcats added some insurance in the bottom of the sixth.
Senior Whitney Horton (Acworth, Ga.) hit a towering two-run homer to leftfield to provide the Bobcats with some breathing room heading into the final inning. Horton's second home run of the season came as a pinch hitter as she scored LeRoy earning a pair of RBI. The Bobcats looked stealth defensively allowing only three hits as freshman pitcher Faith Flanders (Dublin, Ga.) recorded the shutout-win.
Georgia College takes to the road for its next five doubleheaders starting with a pair of games at Albany State University (Ga.) Saturday, Feb. 8 slated to start at 1 p.m.
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