MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University softball team (18-12) got an outstanding pitching effort in game one, then fell victim to the error in game two in a split with Carson-Newman College (16-8) today (March 18) at the Peeler Complex. The Bobcats won game one 2-0 and lost in game two 4-3.
Game one buzzed through in just 1 hour and 19 minutes, thanks in large part to the right arm of Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) mowing down Eagle hitters to the tune of a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts. The shutout was her fifth of the year.
The Bobcats got one run each in the second and third, breaking the scoreless game when Sherquita Bostick's (Florence, S.C.) one-out triple was followed by a Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) single to right center.
Chandler kept a no-hitter for 5 1/3 innings, when Brianne Coon singled. Not a single Eagle reached third base. Eagle freshman Mary Shealy (11-6) had a complete game effort in the loss.
Game two was a back-and-forth affair that Carson-Newman took over in the fifth. The Eagles scored twice in that inning, despite not recording a hit. A walk and two Bobcat errors helped CNC take the lead.
The Bobcats scored the first runs in the second again, getting two on a Jessica Solomon (Douglasville, Ga.) single and an Eagle miscue. After CNC tied it up in the top of the fourth 2-2, Georgia College responded with a run in the bottom half, again on an Eagle error.
Freshman Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) gave up four runs-just two earned-over four innings in the loss (1-4) fanning four. Chandler tossed the final three in relief, no-hitting the Eagles with seven more whiffs. CNC starter Brittany Linton (4-1) went the distance with five hits and just one earned run.
On the day, Chandler recorded 18 strikeouts to give her 1,041 in her career, passing Emporia State University's Melissa Stevens into 10th place in Division II history. The victory in game one gives her 86 in a career, tying for the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) record set by Annie Sells of Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2002.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, March 20 at 2 p.m. hosting Lander University (12-16, 1-5 PBC).
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