GREENWOOD, S.C. – The Georgia College & State University softball team (10-19, 2-4 PBC) split a doubleheader at Lander University (11-15, 2-6 PBC) Tuesday, dropping game one 6-1 before rebounding for a 4-2 victory.
The lone run for the Bobcats in game one came on a Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) home run in the second, cutting Lander’s lead to 2-1. The Bearcats got four runs in the fifth to push it back out of reach.
Burnett took the loss, throwing all six innings and allowing two earned runs among her six total. She had five strikeouts and three walks.
All of the fireworks in game two happened in the very first inning, as all of the scoring for both teams took place in that frame.
Senior Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) had a double to score Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) who led off the game with a walk. Catcher Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) plated Smith on a single, while leftfielder Belourse Jean-Francis (Naples, Fla.) capped the scoring with a two-run home run to leftfield, the first of the junior’s career at Georgia College.
The Bearcats got a two run double in the bottom of the first, but pitching took over after that.
Burnett (7-9) entered in relief for the game-two win, scattering three hits over seven shutout innings.
Sophomore rightfielder Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) was the lone multi-hit performer for GCSU, going 2-for-3.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. traveling to No. 14 Wingate University.
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