By Sean Montgomery, Sports Information Student Assistant
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (7-9) split the doubleheader with Auburn University at Montgomery (8-7) Sunday, as each team secured a victory in walk-off fashion in neutral non-conference action at Ed Rivers Field in Young Harris, Ga.
Game one was a thriller, as it was decided in a game-ending double down the right field line by Auburn-Montgomery's Jaycie Walker scoring Parker Pinholster. The Warhawks battled their way to a series opening win after an early 3-0 deficit.
Georgia College struck first, stringing together three hits in the top of the second inning to plate the game's first two runs. Faith Flanders (Dublin) stroked a leadoff single through the left side to get things started before a bunt single by Deja Lester (Jacksonville) to put runners on first and second. A line drive to left center by Baylee Hall (Hephzibah) brought Flanders around to score. Hall, after working her way around to third, stole home to stretch the lead to 2-0.
After a strong defensive half-inning, Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) led off the top of the third with a bunt single. A sacrifice, a groundout, and an error all combined to bring her around to score the third run of the game for the Bobcats. Despite the hot start, the Georgia College offense stalled in the latter innings, allowing the Warhawks to mount their comeback.
Auburn-Montgomery received a spark in the bottom of the fourth from an Amy Persinger double to left field, scoring Christy Hendrix. In the fifth, they added three more to take their first lead of the game, courtesy of five hits in the inning. But the Bobcats responded quickly, as Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill) legged out an infield single to score Lester tying the game at four-all.
But the late inning heroics favored the Warhawks, as Walker RBI single sealed the win. Rachel Ragland picked up her fifth win of the season for Auburn-Montgomery, going the complete game allowing nine hits and three earned runs. Brooke Taylor (Powder Springs) took the circle for the Bobcats, striking out two and allowing eight hits in four and two-thirds innings before being relieved by Cassidy Rice (Du Quoin, Illinois).
Game two was just as exciting, as the Bobcat women secured the series split by notching a 4-3 victory.
Georgia College faced a one-run deficit, trailing by a score of 3-2 heading into the bottom half of the seventh.
After an inning-opening single by Bernstein and a pair of walks, Georgia College was in business. An out and a walk brought cleanup hitter Flanders up to the plate with a runner in scoring position. Flanders, with an 0-2 count, laced a single into centerfield, scoring the speedy Bernstein. Following a walk that loaded the bases, Hall battled a full-count to draw the Bobcats' third walk of the inning, which brought home Coy for the winning run of the game.
Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) secured the victory on the evening, tossing a complete seven innings while only surrendering three runs on six hits and fanning four Warhawk batters.
The Bobcat women are on the road in non-conference action again Wednesday, March 1, as they travel to take on the Albany State University Golden Rams in a two-game series, beginning at 4 p.m.
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