by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
AIKEN, S.C.- The No. 20 Georgia College & State University softball team (4-1) closed out the Early Bird Tournament going 1-1 against the University of Charleston (W.V.) and Kutztown University today (Feb. 8), with the Chandler sisters picking up the decision in both contests.
The Bobcats started the day rough dropping to No. 12 Kutztown 8-0 as Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) gets her first loss of the season (2-1). The Golden Bears had revenge on their minds today after being embarrassed yesterday 8-2 by Georgia College.
After being handed their first loss and shutout of the season, the Bobcats bounced back by beating Charleston 12-5 this afternoon. Mandy Chandler's younger sister, Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) tossed 2.3 innings, taking over in the fifth inning with two outs while the game was tied at five. Sabrina struck out three Charleston batters and gave up zero runs in the win (1-0).
At the plate, the ‘Cats looked strong putting up 14 hits against the Golden Eagles. Outfielder Sherquita Bostick (Florence, S.C.) led the team going 3-for-4 with a home run, her second of the year. Freshmen and high school teammates Stephanie Lezcano (Columbus, Ga.), Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) and Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) all had hot bats today. Lezcano went 3-for-5 while Parker went 1-for-5 with a home run and Burnett went 2-for-4. All nine Bobcat starters had hits today.
The Bobcats finished the tournament at 4-1.
The Georgia College home opener is Saturday, Feb. 14 with a doubleheader against Wingate University beginning at noon. Wingate swept the last meeting with the Bobcats in March 2008 1-0 and 3-0.
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