YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball squad (5-8) took the first game of a doubleheader from Carson-Newman University (12-4) 6-2 before falling in the nightcap 5-2 Friday night. The doubleheader was held at Young Harris College, rescheduled from a rainout in Milledgeville last week.
In game one, the Bobcats got a strong start from sophomore Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) and took advantage of Eagle miscues for the win.
The Bobcats got all six of their runs in the third on three hits and two costly C-N errors. After a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out, the first error plated three Bobcat runs. Faith Flanders (Dublin) followed with an RBI single, and then another error and an RBI groundout capped the scoring.
Price (2-2) evened her record on the complete-game effort, scattering nine hits for just two runs while fanning four. Centerfielder Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) was 2-for-3 with a run.
In game two, the Eagles posted three in the third and two more in the sixth to take a 5-0 lead. Flanders responded in the bottom half with a two-run shot to right center, her first this season. The swat broke up a no-hitter from C-N pitcher Lacie Rinus in dramatic fashion. In the seventh, the Bobcats were able to put two on, bringing the tying run to the plate, but were unable to complete the rally.
Sophomore righty Brooke Taylor (Powder Springs) was the hard-luck loser (1-2) in game two, allowing four earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. taking on Brevard College in day two of the YHC Softball Tournament.
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