CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Georgia College Softball program (3-6) suffered a pair of losses Sunday, falling to the University of Central Missouri (5-6), 7-6, and Florida Tech (7-2), 6-5.
Georgia College began the day with an early morning face-off against Central Missouri where they recorded six runs on four hits. The Bobcats were the first ones on the board when they posted a three-spot in the top half of the second inning.
Two of the three runs came off a Central Missouri fielding error and a fielder's choice. The third came from situation where the runners were on the corners; Jessica Hayles (Gordon, Georgia) stole second and Shawnda Martin (Calhoun, Georgia) scored when the ball was thrown down to second base. The Jennies later responded in the bottom of the third, putting up three runs of their own off a sacrifice fly and a two RBI double. The Bobcats immediately responded scoring a run in the top half of the fourth when Baylee Hall (Hephzibah, Georgia) singled to drive in the go-ahead run. Hall had a nice game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Georgia College added to their lead in the sixth inning when senior Faith Flanders (Dublin, Georgia) ripped a two-RBI double down the left field line to give them a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom half of the frame. Central Missouri put themselves right back in the game, tallying three runs off a two-RBI double and RBI single to knot things up at 6-6 heading into the seventh.
The Bobcats went down in order to start the seventh inning, and the Jennies took advantage of a potential game-winning situation. The final run was scored on a two-out bases-loaded single to leftfield, granting Central Missouri the victory.
The second opponent for Georgia College Sunday was the Panthers of Florida Tech, and they posted five runs on seven hits. The Bobcats got things going in the top of the third when they recorded three runs to give them an early advantage. Amber Coy (Warner Robins, Georgia) drove in two runs off a single, and Flanders drove her in with an RBI single of her own. Coy completed her afternoon going 1-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Panthers bounced right back in the bottom half of the frame, recording two runs on a pair of RBI singles to cut their deficit to one. Florida Tech took the lead in the following inning when they scored two runs on a double and a single giving them a one-run lead over the Bobcats heading into the fifth.
Florida Tech added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth when they scored two more runs off a two-run shot to give them a 6-3 lead. Georgia College threatened in their final at-bats scoring a pair of runs, but it was not enough to trump the Panthers.
A notable performance by senior Danielle Bernstein (Cumming, Georgia) who played her lead-off role well for the Bobcats, going 2-for-4 and scoring a pair of runs.
Georgia College looks to get back on track when they host the Carson-Newman University Eagles for a Saturday doubleheader, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.
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