by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
DECATUR, Ala.- The No. 20 Georgia College & State University softball team (9-2, 2-0 PBC) swept day one of the Charger Chillout, beating University of Missouri-St. Louis 5-4 and the University of North Alabama 3-2, each in 10 inning affairs.
In game one, the Bobcats went 10 innings with the Tritons but eventually overpowered them 5-4. Veteran Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) got the win in relief, entering in the bottom of the third inning with two outs. The senior tossed 7 1/3 innings, collecting her seventh win for the season.
Freshman Stephanie Lezcano (Columbus, Ga.) scored two runs against UMSL going 2-for-5 along with senior first baseman Tonya Medders (Bascom, Fla.). Second baseman Lindsey Swanson (Kennesaw, Ga.) went 3-for-5 at the plate with one run.
Georgia College saw extra innings in a game two pitchers' dual with UNA when the scoreboard read 0-0 at the end of regulation. The Lions scored the first run of game in the top of the ninth inning when Maggi Eades scored off of a Bobcat fielding error. GCSU answered back in the bottom of the ninth when Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas) scored on a sacrifice fly by Swanson.
The Lions went ahead again in the 10th when Kendall Moore stole home but the Bobcats managed to hold them to just one run for the inning. Medders decided 20 innings was enough for one day when she singled to right center scoring both Sherquita Bostick (Florence, S.C.) and Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) in the come-from-behind effort. Medders went 2-for-3 at bat for game two, finishing the day 4-for-8.
Chandler threw all 10 innings of game two for the ‘Cats with 20 strikeouts, three off of the Division II record, which was set by the righty her freshman year in the NCAA Tournament against Lenoir-Rhyne College. Chandler passes Armstrong Atlantic State University's Annie Sells into second place in PBC career strikeouts.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow for day two of the Charger Chillout where they face Missouri S&T at 10 a.m. and Kentucky Wesleyan at noon.
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