WINGATE, N.C. – The Georgia College Softball team (13-9) came out on top of two tightly-contested ballgames Sunday at Wingate University (10-12), the Bobcats beating the Bulldogs 10-8 in nine innings in game one, then taking game two 5-4.
Offense was the thing in game one, as the teams combined for 24 hits. Every time the Bobcats would take the lead, it seemed as though Wingate would have the answer. Georgia College went up 4-3 in the sixth, 6-4 in the seventh and 8-7 in the eighth, only to have the Bulldogs tie it back up each time.
Tied 8-8 after eight, the Bobcats pounded out three runs on an RBI triple from Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia), followed by a run-scoring double from Faith Flanders (Dublin, Georgia) and an RBI triple from Baylee Hall (Hephzibah, Georgia) to cap it off. Georgia College would need the insurance, as Wingate added a run in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run at the plate, but could inch no closer.
Hall was the star of game one, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a run, ripping two doubles and a triple. Coursey had a 2-for-4 game with an RBI, scoring twice. Sophomore Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) improved to 7-2 with the complete-game victory, as just half of the eight runs were earned.
In game two, Wingate jumped out in front 2-0 after the first, but the Bobcats responded with a big four-run second. Again insurance would be needed, as Georgia College plated a run in the top of the seventh for a 5-3 lead, and Wingate would attempt another late rally. The Bulldogs picked up a run on an RBI single with two out, but Georgia College would close the game with the tying run on second base.
The 1-2-3 spots in the order for the Bobcats went 6-for-12 with two runs and five RBIs in game two. Rightfielder Deja Lester (Jacksonville, Georgia) stood out in the second contest, tallying two hits and four of those RBI from the second spot. Danielle Bernstein (Cumming, Georgia) added two hits in four tries, while Coursey and first baseman Cassidy Rice (Du Quoin, Illinois) added two hits each as well.
Starting pitcher Flanders got the win (4-2), surrendering just a single earned run over five frames, and Brooke Taylor (Powder Springs, Georgia) added her first save by getting the final six outs.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, March 8 at 2 p.m., playing host to Catawba College in non-conference action.
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