CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Georgia College Softball program (3-2) dropped their first game of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Leadoff Classic to No. 17 St. Leo University (7-1) by a score of 7-2.
The first two frames of the contest went scoreless, and then the bats came alive for St. Leo in the top half of the third. The lead-off batter walked to get things started, followed by a two-run shot to put St. Leo up by two. The next batter singled up the middle to start things up again for the Lions. Senior Faith Flanders (Dublin, Georgia) did a nice job retiring the next two batters, but the inning was extended off a throwing error to put runners on the corners. The next Lion to bat laced a triple in the gap that drove in two more and then tacked on another run with a RBI single to give them a 5-0 after three innings.
Brooke Taylor (Powder Springs, Georgia) entered the game for Flanders in the third and did a nice job of limiting St. Leo just two more runs throughout the remainder of the contest. Taylor worked three and two-thirds innings of relief giving up two runs on six hits and one punch-out. Flanders finished her evening tossing two and two-thirds innings pitched giving up just two earned on five hits, two walks and one strikeout.
Georgia College managed to push two across in the bottom half of the fifth inning off a two RBI single from Flanders who had a perfect day at the plate going 3-for-3.
The Bobcats are back in action again Saturday, Feb. 11 for a doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m. in Clearwater when they take on Eckerd University and No. 12 St. Mary's University (Texas), respectively.
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