Offense Comes to Play in Bobcat Softball Sweep at Florida Tech Invite

Sophomore Haley Howell
Sophomore Haley Howell

VIERA, Fla. – The Georgia College Softball team (12-7) took games from two Florida programs Saturday at the Florida Tech Invitational, dropping Barry University (8-10) 10-5 and Lynn University (9-7) 9-5 as the Bobcat bats did some damage.

The Bobcats combined for 19 runs on 20 hits over the course of the two games, both contests being come-from-behind efforts.

In game one against Barry, the Bobcats trailed 5-1 after one. A big five-run second sparked Georgia College, as did six straight shutout innings from the defense.

Designated player Haley Howell (Rochelle, Georgia) and shortstop Amber Coy (Warner Robins, Georgia) provided back-to-back two-run doubles in that impactful second inning.

Freshman MacKenzie Michels (Lilburn, Georgia) got the Bobcats out of that troublesome first frame, and classmate Rachel Wolverton (Valdosta, Georgia) spun the remaining six innings scoreless for her first career save. She allowed just two hits and a walk, striking out eight Buccaneers.

Centerfielder Caroline Snider (Tennille, Georgia) went 2-for-4 with three runs, stealing two bases. Michels helped her own cause, tallying two hits and a pair of RBIs.

In game two, Lynn was leading 5-1 after four. The Bobcats got two in the fifth and then a massive six-run seventh to steal the win.

Rightfielder Sarah Couch (Madison, Georgia) got the scoring started in the seventh with a two-run triple, coming in a batter later on a Coy single. Howell tallied an RBI double, while Michels and Ariel Edenfield (Dublin, Georgia) each had run scoring singles in the inning.

Sophomore Jessie Morris (Vidalia, Georgia) threw the final 3 2/3 innings with no hits and no runs, striking out six and walking one. Morris moves to 5-2 with the victory.

Couch finished game two with a 3-for-4 effort, driving in four and scoring twice. She had a double and triple among those three hits.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 24 closing out the Florida Tech Invite with games against Barry and host No. 14 FIT.

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