Okvist Named Bobcat Player of the Week

by Alex Cooper, sports information student assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College senior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) has been named Bobcat Athlete of the Week after helping the Bobcats to a 5-1 record this past week. This is the senior's first honor this season and the third for the Bobcat softball team.

Okvist hit .556 with three RBI, eight runs scored and nine stolen bases in the Bobcats six games last week. She went 10-for-18 in all games combined and drew five walks for a .652 on-base percentage. 

In the 6-4 win over Carson-Newman College, she went 3-for-4 at the plate, stole two bases and scored three runs including the game-winning run in the seventh inning. She also stole two bases in the 5-4 win over Lincoln Memorial University, while getting one hit and scoring a run in the second inning that the Bobcats would need before winning in extra innings. In the lone loss for the Bobcats last week, Okvist was 2-for-3 at the plate, stealing one base in a 3-2 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne University.  

Okvist leads the PBC with 18 stolen bases this year and is seven steals away from becoming the PBC's all-time career leader.  She is also third in the league in hitting and on-base percentage.

The Bobcats open their PBC schedule next with a doubleheader at Young Harris College Thursday, March 6 starting at 2 p.m. 

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