by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University softball team (25-17, 11-3 PBC) split Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe Armstrong Atlantic State University (16-18, 4-6 PBC), getting a 3-0 win and a 7-6 loss today (March 30). Senior Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) tossed her second no-hitter in less than a week in game one.
Chandler collected her ninth shutout in the 3-0 win. The Bobcat ace walked four while fanning eight for a complete-game effort. The righty improved to 22-9 for the season. Armstrong's Britton Hammel-Cobb fell to 0-6 for the Pirates, giving up three hits and three runs while sitting down three Bobcat batters.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, senior shortstop Lindsey Swanson (Kennesaw, Ga.) doubled to right center with one out. The Pirates then decided to intentionally walk All-American Sherquita Bostick (Florence, S.C.). Junior designated hitter Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) singled through the right side, advancing both Bostick and Swanson. With one out and the bases loaded, senior Tonya Medders (Bascom, Fla.) singled through the right side, scoring both Swanson and Bostick, while Smith advanced to third and Medders advanced to second on the throw to the plate. Georgia College's three hit, three run inning came to close shortly after, as freshmanAnna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) reached on a fielding error by the second baseman and Smith scored.
In game two, the Bobcats rallied in the top of the seventh but fell one-run short.
Bostick led the Bobcat bats in the second battle, swatting two home runs going 2-for-3 recording three RBI, while Medders was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Swanson was 1-for-2 at the plate tacking up one run and two RBI, both on a two-run single in the top of the seventh, cutting the lead to one.
Chandler started in circle in game two for the Bobcats allowing five hits and two runs with two strikeouts but was pulled after 2 2/3 innings. Medders threw 1 1/3 innings giving up two hits and two runs before freshman Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) pitched the last two frames. Burnett gave up three hits and three runs with three strikeouts while claiming the loss and falling to 1-6 for the season.
The Bobcats are back in action, Wednesday, April 1 as they host conference opponent No. 3 North Georgia for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.
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