MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The No. 20 Georgia College Softball team (35-13, 16-4 PBC) closed the regular season in style Saturday, taking both ends of a doubleheader from Columbus State University (31-18, 14-6 PBC) 4-2 and 5-4 at the Peeler Complex.
In game one, the Bobcats jumped out early and held on as CSU mounted its comeback.
In the third, centerfielder Caroline Snider (Tennille) tripled to left center and third baseman Lindley Bruce (Kennesaw) brought her home with a single, both with two out. With the bases loaded in the fourth, leftfielder Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill) singled off the glove of the pitcher, and two runs came in to score for a 3-0 lead. A sacrifice fly from catcher Haley Howell (Rochelle) later in the inning capped the scoring for the Bobcats.
Freshman righty Jessie Morris (Vidalia) was again impressive, holding a no-hitter for 5 2/3 before allowing a two-run home run in the sixth. The Cougars couldn't manage any more runs off of Morris, going for a complete game with no earned runs, three hits, four walks and six strikeouts.
Game two had a bit more fireworks, as the Bobcats and Cougars went toe-to-toe for nine innings, the first extra-inning contest of the season for GC Softball.
Tied 4-4 into the ninth, the Bobcats loaded the bases on a single, an error and a fielder's choice. With one out, Holland Coursey stepped to the plate and lifted a single between the shortstop and leftfielder for the walk-off win.
While Holland Coursey provided the walk-off, the Bobcats nearly didn't make it there, trailing 4-2 into the bottom of the sixth. It was there that designated player Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill) provided the tying blow, a two-run home run with her sister on base, setting up for Holland's eventual heroics in the ninth.
Morris (12-2) got this victory as well, throwing a hitless inning of scoreless relief, striking out one.
Hannah Coursey went 2-for-4 with the home run, her third this season, two RBIs and run scored. Howell had two hits in three trips, driving in a run, while Holland Coursey was 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in another.
The win clinches the No. 2-seed for Georgia College in the upcoming Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament, May 4-5 in Dahlonega.
Prior to the game, the Bobcat Softball program honored its seniors, as Holland Coursey, Hannah Coursey, Jessica Hayles (Gordon), Deja Lester (Jacksonville), Shawnda Martin (Calhoun) and Baylee Hall (Hephzibah) played their final home contest.
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