Potts’ Blast Helps Bobcat Softball to Split with West Georgia

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Junior Lauren Potts (Gray, Ga.) ripped a three-run, pinch-hit home run in the sixth inning of game one, helping Georgia College & State University softball (4-2) to a split with the University of West Georgia (3-5) Wednesday (Feb. 17) at the Peeler Complex. The Bobcats took game one 5-4 and dropped game two 11-8.

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In game one, Georgia College got two runs in the first, and that lead held up until the fifth inning, where the Wolves matched the score. UWG went in front 4-2 with a pair of runs in the sixth on a Kaley Sullivan single, setting up Potts' heroics in the bottom half. Sullivan finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run. Second baseman Lindsay Ellenburg went 2-for-2 with a run.

After a leadoff walk to Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.), and a sacrifice bunt, Belourse Jean-Francis (Naples, Fla.) also reached on a walk. Potts pinch hit, taking a 1-0 pitch deep to left center and the 5-4 lead. Burnett set down the Wolves in order in the top half for the victory.

Burnett (3-0) tossed all seven innings, allowing four unearned runs on seven hits, striking out five. She also drove in a pair on an RBI single in the first. Ashley West (0-1) entered in the sixth, suffering the loss with one inning of work.

In game two, a few Bobcat rallies weren't enough to overcome the 11 runs put up by West Georgia. Georgia College responded to the Wolves' first inning run with four of their own, a two-run single from Burnett, and a two-run home run by Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.), her first of the year.

The Wolves put five more on the board in the top of the second, taking over 6-4. The ‘Cats brought it even with single runs in the third and fourth, the game-tying shot coming in an RBI single from Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) plating Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas) who reached on a single of her own.

West Georgia blew the game open with a four-run fifth, the big blow coming in a two-run single from Preseason All-Gulf South Conference (GSC) centerfielder Candice Brown. After UWG put another run on the board in the sixth on a Crissy Rainwater solo blast, GCSU got two in the bottom of the sixth on a Martin double and Wolf fielding error.

The Bobcats nearly had one more rally in them, putting the tying run at the plate with two down, but a pop-up ended the game.

Freshman Kristi Rodriguez (Marietta, Ga.) fell to 1-2 with six innings of relief work, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks, fanning two. John Milledge Academy grad Haley Dunn (2-1) returned home and picked up the win for West Georgia with 3 2/3 innings of relief.

Martin was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in game two, and Parker had a 2-for-4 game with the home run, three RBI and a run. Pickowitz also had a 2-for-4 game with the run scored.

The Bobcats hit the road for the Charger Chillout Tournament hosted by the University of Alabama-Huntsville in Decatur, Ala. this weekend. Georgia College starts the six-game, three-day tournament against the University of West Alabama Friday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m.

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