JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - Battling snowy conditions as well as their second ranked opponent of the season, Georgia College & State University softball (6-10) lost twice at No. 24 Carson-Newman College (7-1) Thursday. The Bobcats dropped game one 8-0, and fell 12-9 to a walk-off home run in game two.
Georgia College was three-hit in the game one shutout, putting runners in scoring position on four occasions, but never quite getting the key hit to break the scoring column. The Eagles tallied runs in five of the six innings, including a three-run fifth.
Sophomore Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) took the loss in 4 2/3 innings of work, allowing six earned runs among her seven and fanning four. Amber Palmer tossed all six for the Eagles, improving to 4-0. Eagle catcher Bri Shoemake was 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
Game two was a barnburner, as CNC's Amber Palmer hit a three-run home run to left in the bottom of the seventh to give the Eagles the sweep.
The Bobcats put up eight big runs in the top of the fifth to take over the lead 8-7. The ‘Cats batted around in the inning, getting a three-run double from senior Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.), a two-run triple from Belourse Jean-Francis (Naples, Fla.) and RBI singles from Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.), Jessica Solomon (Douglasville, Ga.), and Lauren Potts (Gray, Ga.).
After the Eagles tied the game in the bottom half of the sixth, Georgia College answered right back, plating a go-ahead run in the seventh. Senior Allison Schwimer (Cumming, Ga.) doubled home pinch runner Lisa Williams (Perry, Ga.) who was in for Burnett, who reached on a one-out single.
Heading to the bottom half down 9-8, the Eagles got a two-out RBI double from Shoemake to tie it, then after a single, pitcher Amber Palmer hit her third home run of the season to end the game.
Burnett suffered the loss in game two, dropping to 4-5 with 1 1/3 innings. Palmer was the winner in relief, improving to 5-0 with three innings of work.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m., traveling to Lincoln Memorial University.
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