MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Meeting for the first time on the softball diamond, Georgia College (11-9) split a doubleheader with Shorter University (10-9) Wednesday at the Peeler Complex, nabbing game one 11-2 before a 5-3 loss in the nightcap.
Game one was all Bobcats, putting up five runs in the second and six more in the third to get the run-shortened victory after five innings.
Freshman Caitlyn Davis (Kathleen) swatted a two-run home run to right in the second to get the scoring started. She finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. The home run was the second of the catcher's career. Junior Caroline Snider (Tennille) had two hits in three trips, driving in three, including a two-run single in the third. Senior Baylee Hall (Hephzibah) added a 2-for-3 game with a double, scoring twice.
Junior righty Becca Meade (Winder) handcuffed the Shorter order, allowing just one earned run on four hits, fanning four and not walking a single batter. Meade improves to 5-3 in her first season as a Bobcat.
The second game was a much closer affair, decided by a three-run fifth for the Hawks. Shorter rattled off five hits and stole two bases in that frame. The Bobcats got a run in the bottom half, but could inch no closer than the two-run deficit. Things got interesting in the seventh, when the Bobcats had the tying run at the plate for the final out.
Hall had two more hits and a run scored, as the Bobcats managed eight hits in game two, all going for singles. Freshman Rebecca Lawrence (Vidalia) fell to 2-4 with the loss, allowing four earned runs over 4 1/3 innings and fanning five.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 10 at noon, traveling to UNC Pembroke for the start of Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play.
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