By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (4-7) put an end to its win drought Sunday night after a doubleheader split with Anderson University (12-2). The Bobcats were overcome by Anderson's bats in a close first game, 6-2, but held the visitors to a quick 3-2 victory to close out Georgia College's 2017 Homecoming Weekend.
The Bobcat momentum started early, with a crisp triple from Holland Coursey's (Sugar Hill) bat in the bottom of the second. Emily Robertson (Dacula) brought the Coursey twin in with an easy single, putting the Bobcats on the board, 1-0. Senior Faith Flanders (Dublin) started game one in the circle for the Bobcats. She held off Anderson with strength until the third inning's four hits allowed three Trojan runners to score.
With the Bobcats now down 3-1, the Georgia College ladies answered quickly, scoring Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill) with a bases-loaded single from Flanders. The Bobcats kept the game close until the fifth inning when a Trojan double and walk set up shortstop Mattie Hamilton for a three-run homer. The four-run deficit proved too large for the Bobcats to overcome, leaving the final score 6-2.
After a short break for field maintenance, the Bobcats and Trojans took the field for game two of Sunday's doubleheader. Once again the Bobcats stuck early when a Baylee Hall (Hephzibah) single scored Deja Lester (Jacksonville) after a couple Trojan mistakes. Georgia College's defense secured its 1-0 lead for five innings, largely due to Kayla Price's (Indian Land, South Carolina) pitching.
The Bobcats brought two more around the diamond in the bottom of the fifth. Again, the Bobcat bats were assisted by some Anderson miscues, making the score 3-0. The Trojans rallied back, though, with a run in the sixth and a chance to tie in the seventh. Anderson loaded the bases twice with two outs in the final inning but was only able to bring one run in for a final tally of 3-2.
In the circle, Flanders faced 24 batters in five innings, allowing all six runs off six hits. She also added four strikeouts to her now 15 from the season.
In game two, Lester owned two of the three Bobcat runs with one hit. Coy and Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) added two hits of their own, with Coy bringing in the third run. Price and Hall also left with an RBI each.
The Bobcats head to Young Harris College next weekend for the YHC Tournament. They will face Brevard College Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. and finish the weekend with a doubleheader against Auburn-Montgomery Sunday at noon and 2 p.m.
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