MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Georgia College & State University softball (8-12) ended a five-game slide in a big way Wednesday, winning a pair of run-shortened games over St. Andrews Presbyterian College (3-14) 12-1 and 11-3, both in five innings.
In game one, the Bobcats put up eight in the first two innings, adding another four in the fourth. Freshman third baseman Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a double and a run. Across the diamond, sophomore first baseman Jessica Solomon (Douglasville, Ga.) went 2-for-2 with a double, driving in three. Junior leftfielder Lauren Potts (Gray, Ga.) added her fourth home run of the season, finishing with four RBI.
Sophomore righty Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) benefitted from the run explosion, improving to 5-6 with five innings of work. She allowed just two hits and a single run, fanning five. Ashley Disque got the loss (3-9) tossing 3 2/3 innings.
Game two was more of the same when down 2-1, the Bobcats put eight runs up in the second to power ahead. Potts and Kali Carswell (Acworth, Ga.) each hit two-run doubles in the inning.
Martin was 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI, and catcher Carswell finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs. Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs, while Brandie Monroe (Guyton, Ga.) also had a multi-hit game at 2-for-2 with a run and RBI.
Freshman Kristi Rodriguez (Marietta, Ga.) evened out her record at 3-3, tossing four innings with two unearned runs. She struck out three and scattered four hits. Daisy Mendez fell to 0-3 lasting just 1 2/3 innings.
Potts had a big day with six RBI, while Martin totaled five hits in six at-bats, scoring four and driving in four.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, March 5 at 4 p.m. against Carson-Newman College to kick off the Mid-South Classic in Spartanburg, S.C.
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