Bobcats De-Throne Royals in Sweep, 2-0 and 6-2
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Sophomore Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) threw a three-hit shutout in game one, adding a pair of RBI and a 2-for-4 effort in game two as the Georgia College & State University softball team (3-1) swept Queens (N.C.) University (0-2) 2-0 and 6-2 today at the Peeler Complex.
Burnett (2-0) allowed three hits and two walks while fanning six in her best outing of the young season. The Bobcat runs came one each in the fifth and sixth. In the fifth, sophomore rightfielder Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) slapped a ball just over the third baseman's head, and a diving effort by the Royal leftfielder proved fruitless, as the double brought home pinch runner Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas). She ran for Kali Carswell (Acworth, Ga.) whose single led off the inning.
Insurance came in the sixth, when with runners on second and third after a Lauren Potts (Gray, Ga.) double, Burnett scored on an infield grounder.
Chantel Dodge took the loss in six innings of work, striking out six and allowing two runs on six hits.
Game two featured a gem tossed by freshman righthander Kristi Rodriguez (Marietta, Ga.). She went all seven, allowing two runs, scattering seven hits and fanning five for her first collegiate win (1-1).
The Bobcats picked up three big runs in the first, getting an RBI single from Burnett, a bases-loaded hit batsman and a fielder's choice RBI off the bat of shortstop Brandi Monroe (Guyton, Ga.). After the Royals cut the lead to 3-2 with a run in the top of the second, the Bobcats pushed it back further apart with two in the fourth.
A one-out single by Chandler was followed an out later by a stolen base. After a wild pitch put her on third and a walk placed Allison Schwimer (Cumming, Ga.) on first, Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) blasted a triple to the wall in left center. Burnett added an RBI single in the sixth for the 6-2 final.
Brandy Jester (0-1) was the losing pitcher in six innings of work, allowing three earned runs among the six total and striking out five while issuing four walks.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. hosting the University of West Georgia. It will be "Pack the Park in Pink Day" for breast cancer research sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha.
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