by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
DECATUR, Ala.- The No. 20 Georgia College & State University softball team (9-6, 2-0 PBC) closed out the Charger Chillout today (Feb. 22) with a couple of losses, 6-3 and 9-6.
Not at full strength due to a couple of key injuries and illnesses, the Bobcats have dropped four straight for the first time since March 14, 2007.
The Bobcats fell 6-3 to former assistant coach Mandy Harris and her Lynn University team (8-10) just after lunchtime today. Georgia College started strong scoring one run in the first inning and two in the second, but it unfortunately wasn't enough. The Bobcats led 3-0 into the sixth inning, where the Fighting Knights exploded for six runs.
Senior ace Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) allowed three hits, walked two batters and sat down three batters. She tossed five innings before handing the reigns over to her freshman sister Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.). The younger Chandler took the loss (1-1), the first of her career, giving up six runs on four hits and walking two.
Taking the win for Lynn, Marianne Johnson gave up five hits, fanned three and walked one for a complete-game effort. She improved to 2-3 for the season.
At bat for the Bobcats, senior first baseman Chelsea Wilson (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 2-for-3 in game one while classmate Lindsey Swanson (Kennesaw, Ga.) was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Freshman centerfielder Stephanie Lezcano (Columbus, Ga.) scored twice, going 1-for-3.
In game two, the Bobcats lost to the University of Indianapolis (4-2). Georgia College managed more runs in this one, falling in a high-scoring 9-6 affair.
The Bobcats return to Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play Tuesday, Feb. 24 as they travel to Aiken, S.C. to face the Pacers of USC Aiken at 2 p.m.
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