by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (26-10, 5-5 PBC) and Flagler College (19-23, 7-7) both ended the day with .500 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) records by virtue of a Bobcat sweep Sunday at the Peeler Complex. Freshman Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tenn.)(12-6) tossed 10 2/3 innings of shutout ball on the day, as Georgia College won 8-0 and 14-7.
Lewis went the distance in the first game and allowed just one hit with five strikeouts in five innings as the Bobcats evoked the eight-run rule after five. She then entered the second game down 7-0 and helped propel a 14-run unanswered comeback, allowing just five hits with three strikeouts in just under six innings of work. Combined through two games, the freshman gave up six hits and struck out eight.
In the first game, the Bobcats got a five-run second inning and then added three runs in the fifth for the win with eight different players scoring. Three players had two RBI apiece, while two others had two hits each.
The leading hitters for Georgia College in the first game with a pair each were senior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) and freshman Faith Flanders (Dublin, Ga.), while adding two RBI each were sophomore Kristen Brooks (Brunswick, Ga.), sophomore Taylor Campbell (Warner Robins, Ga.) and junior Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.), with the latter two homering in the first game.
In the second game, two different Bobcat pitchers gave up a combined seven runs off seven hits before Lewis took control of the game. The team immediately responded with an eight-run second inning to take an 8-7 lead. The Bobcats had three more two-run innings to reach 14.
Six players had a pair of hits each, while Okvist led the pack with three hits in the second game. Having a pair of hits were freshman Danielle Bernstein (Cumming, Ga.), freshman Savannah Chapman (Cumming, Ga.), sophomore Lacey Najafi (Suwanee, Ga.), Humphries, Campbell and Brooks, with the latter adding a home run.
Sophomore Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) and Campbell led the way in RBI with three each, while Bernstein and Brooks scored three runs apiece. Brooks also had the only stolen base on the day.
Georgia College will resume PBC play with a doubleheader tomorrow, March 31 against No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic State University starting at 3 p.m. at the Peeler Complex.
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