MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (17-5) extended their winning streak to four games with a pair of impressive wins over non-conference No. 23 Barry University (14-5) and Newberry College (13-7) Friday at the Peeler Complex. The Bobcats beat the Buccaneers 2-0 and the Wolves 6-2, respectively.
Georgia College was an inning away from shutting out both oppositions and has now won 10 of its last 11 games while receiving votes in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 Poll.
Barry University, who was ranked No. 9 in last week's poll, could only get six hits against 6-2 Bobcat starter Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tenn.). The Buccaneers mounted a comeback in the fifth inning with the go-ahead run at the plate when freshman Danielle Bernstein (Cumming Ga.) snagged a line-shot to rightfield to end the inning. Bernstein was the unsung hero adding two hits, one run and a stolen base.
Senior Whitney Horton's (Acworth, Ga.) second inning lead-off solo home run was all the offense the Bobcats would need.
Sophomore Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) shut the door on the Wolves in the second game. She allowed three hits in five innings for the win, but the Wolves also mounted a comeback when freshman Cassidy Rice (Du Quoin, Ill) took to the mound for her first action of the season. Newberry College tagged the newcomer for five hits and two runs in the last two innings.
Senior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) went 3-for-4 at the plate, scored a run and stole a pair of bases. Okvist now has 142 career stolen bases and is just two shy of tying the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) all-time record at 144.
Georgia College had productive offensive numbers in the late game. Adding a pair of hits each were freshman Faith Flanders (Dublin, Ga.) and senior Emily Hammond (Gainesville, Ga.), with the former recording a double and the latter a triple. Sophomore Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) also had a triple, while Bernstein stole a pair of bases and singled to account for the nine Bobcat hits.
LeRoy and Hammond had a pair of RBI, while Horton and Bernstein added one RBI apiece. The Bobcats stole seven bags in the late game.
Georgia College returns to the Peeler Complex tomorrow, March 8 with a pair of rematch games. The Bobcats will face Barry University at noon and then take on Newberry College at 4 p.m.
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