March 31, 2014

Boyette Strong-Arms #3 Armstrong In Softball Split

by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (27-11, 6-6 PBC) deserved better in getting its 15-game home-unbeaten streak snapped by No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic State University (26-8, 11-3 PBC) 4-0 Monday in the first game at the Peeler Complex when they only allowed two hits. Sophomore Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) atoned for the team's first game misfortunes by pitching six innings of shutout ball in a 7-2 second-game win.

Georgia College lost its last home game on Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) and for the past eight weeks, opponents have been over-shadowed by a dominant Bobcat team at the Peeler Complex. Prior to today's doubleheader, the Bobcats had won their last 15 by a combined 87-28 score, with a third of those wins coming by shutout. The string of wins could have been extended to 17 as Georgia College out-hit the No. 3 Pirates in both games.

In the first game, freshman Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tenn.)(12-7) gave up just two hits and three earned-runs while going the distance and adding five strikeouts. Unfortunately, both of the hits were home runs and the Bobcats could not bring home any of the seven runners they left on the bags.

Offensively, sophomore Kristen Brooks (Brunswick, Ga.) led the way with two of the five Bobcat hits, while senior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) climbed to No. 6 on the NCAA Division II all-time stolen bases list with one swipe to bring her career total to 156.

The second game was a different story. Georgia College scored runs in each of its first four at-bats. The Bobcats made a statement with an early 5-0 lead after two innings before going up by seven after four.

With junior Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.) at the plate, a wild pitch scored Okvist from third base and then a Humphries single to leftfield scored freshman Danielle Bernstein (Cumming, Ga.) for a 2-0 first inning lead.

In the second inning, the Bobcat sophomores took control. Sophomore Brooks doubled to score sophomore Becca Olson (Evans, Ga.), then sophomore Taylor Campbell (Warner Robins, Ga.) singled to score sophomore Lacey Najafi (Suwanee, Ga.) for a 4-0 score. Bernstein's late-inning sacrifice-fly scored Brooks and the Bobcats were in control 5-0 after two.

Georgia College didn't stop there, as an Okvist single in the third scored Humphries, while a Humphries double in the fourth scored freshman Savannah Chapman (Cumming, Ga.) to round out the Bobcats' scoring.

Humphries and Okvist accounted for four of the team's nine hits with each getting a pair. Six different Bobcats registered RBI with Humphries getting two.

Georgia College will resume PBC play with a doubleheader Wednesday, April 2 at GRU Augusta starting at 2 p.m.

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