MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University softball team (30-20, 12-6 PBC) closed out the regular season at home tonight (April 15) losing two games to No. 2 North Georgia (39-3, 17-1 PBC) 5-2 and 7-1.
Game one was a heartbreaker for Georgia College. With a North Georgia home run by Leslee Smith in the second inning the only run in the contest, the Bobcats thought they had game one when a Tonya Medders (Bascom, Fla.) double plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving them a 2-1 lead. But the Saints answered with a four-run seventh inning putting the 5-2 game out of reach for Georgia College.
The Bobcats managed just three hits, as senior shortstop Lindsey Swanson (Kennesaw, Ga.) led the ‘Cats at the plate going 2-for-3 scoring one run.
In the circle, senior Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) claimed the 8-3 loss, falling to 25-11 for the season. She tossed 6 1/3 innings allowing eight hits and five runs while sitting down seven Saint batters. Those strikeouts give the Bobcat ace 1,169 in her career, enough to tie for sixth in the NCAA Division II record books.
Sarah Phillips took the win for North Georgia, improving to 28-1. She gave up three hits and two runs while fanning 11 Bobcat batters for a complete-game effort. The Saint star at the plate was Leslee Smith, going 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI.
Game two was a slightly different story, as the Saints would get all the runs they'd need in the very first inning. North Georgia plated three runs in the first frame on just one hit, a bunt single. The Saints got their runs on two wild pitches and a passed ball.
The Bobcats' run came in the third, when leftfielder Haley Holloway (McIntyre, Ga.) exhibited some excellent base-running. She led off with a single, taking second after a single from second baseman Allison Schiwmer (Cumming, Ga.). Swanson then knocked a ball to short, and while she was beating out the double play, Holloway rounded third and scored on an unaware NGCSU defense.
The rally would stop there, as North Georgia would add one in the fourth and another three in the seventh for the 7-1 final.
Freshman righty Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) took the loss (1-7) in the complete game, fanning eight and allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and four walks. North Georgia's Trisha Snider (11-2) allowed a run on five hits, striking out six.
Schwimer had a great game two from the leadoff spot, going 3-for-3 including a triple. The Saints' leadoff Laura Voyles also did the job, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. traveling to the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament in Florence, S.C. As the No. 2 seed, Georgia College will face the winner of No. 7-seed Francis Marion University and No. 10-seed Lander University.
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