SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Georgia College & State University softball team's (8-13) bats were stifled a bit Friday afternoon, as the Bobcats fell 6-1 in day one of the Mid-South Classic to Carson-Newman College (11-2).
The Bobcats were held to just four hits on the game, a contest decided in the third and fourth innings.
C-N put a run across in the top of the second, and the Bobcats answered right back to tie it. Senior Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) singled with one out, advancing to second on a wild pitch. After a groundout to put her on third was followed by an intentional walk, junior Brandie Monroe (Guyton, Ga.) placed the first pitch she saw in the right field grass for an RBI single.
Tied 1-1, pitcher Ashley Boyd helped her own cause with a two-run home run in the third. The Eagles tacked on two more in the fourth when three-consecutive singles stretched the lead to 5-1. Carson-Newman tacked on an insurance run in the seventh.
Sophomore Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) fell to 5-7 with the loss, going 2 1/3 innings with three earned runs. Boyd improved to 7-0 with the complete game, allowing one earned run, at one point setting down 11 Bobcats in a row.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, facing Belmont Abbey College at 10 a.m. and Catawba College at 2 p.m.
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