by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University softball team (17-11, 5-1 PBC) swept Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opponent Georgia Southwestern State University (7-22, 1-5 PBC) 8-0 and 3-2 today (March 12) at the Peeler Complex where two Bobcat seniors proved their All-American status.
The Bobcat All-Americans put on a show today as Sherquita Bostick (Florence, S.C.) was lights out at the plate and Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) broke a conference record in the circle. Bostick, the reigning PBC Player of the Year, went 5-for-5 for the day recording two singles, one double and two triples. The senior posted four RBIs and one run today while her classmate Chandler broke the PBC career strikeout record during game two. Amy Dumas of Augusta State University set the previous record at 1020 career strikeouts last year, and after today's doubleheader, the Georgia College ace has 1023.
Georgia College forced the mercy rule in game one shutting out the Canes 8-0 in the sixth inning. The Bobcat bats were hot putting up nine hits for the game. Bostick went 4-for-4 with four RBI, Senior first baseman Tonya Medders (Bascom, Fla.) was 1-for-3 scoring three runs while freshman catcher Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) went 1-for-2 with two runs. Freshman designated player Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) went 1-for-4 posting one RBI.
Pitching for the Bobcats, Chandler allowed only one hit and sat down seven Hurricane batters. The shutout was her third of the season. Jessica Martin and Tiffany Milstid shared the pitching duties for Georgia Southwestern. Martin tossed four innings with five hits, six runs, four walks and four strikeouts while taking the loss. Tiffany Milstid played 1.2 innings giving up four hits and two runs.
In game two, Georgia College wasn't able to produce as many runs but still had pretty warm bats posting seven hits compared to Georgia Southwestern's four. Swanson went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Medders went 2-for-3. Bostick was 1-for-1 with one run being walked twice, once intentionally. Senior designated player Chelsea Wilson (Jacksonville, Ga.) went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas) scored the winning run off of a Lindsey Swanson (Kennesaw, Ga.) walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Chandler entered in the fourth to finish out the last four innings giving up one hit and no runs while fanning seven and claiming the win. She improves to 15-6 for the season. Georgia Southwestern's Brittany Milstid took the loss allowing seven hits and three runs with four walks and one strikeout.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, March 16 in a doubleheader at home against conference foe Lander University beginning at 2 p.m.
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