Bobcats Battle Patriots, Rain in Dropping Two at FMU

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FLORENCE, S.C. – The Georgia College & State University softball team (10-23, 2-6 PBC) lost both ends of a soggy doubleheader Sunday at Francis Marion University (24-9, 9-5 PBC), getting upended 5-3 in game one before dropping game two 9-1.

Down 2-1 into the top of the sixth, the Bobcats took the lead in game one. A single to right center by leftfielder Belourse Jean-Francis (Naples, Fla.) plated both pinch runner Melanie Goolsby (Guyton, Ga.) and catcher Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) for a 3-2 lead.

With the bases loaded and one down in the bottom half, Chelle Phillips ripped a bases-clearing triple to snatch the victory from Georgia College, 5-3.

Sophomore Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) fell to 7-11 with four earned runs in the complete game, fanning six. Michaela Wolf improved to 14-4 with the seven inning win.

Burnett was 2-for-3, as was Jean-Francis, driving in three and ripping a double. Phillips was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run for the Patriots.

Game two featured a big six-run fifth by FMU, halting the game early.

The highlight of the second match was a home run by senior second baseman Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) in the fourth, accounting for the team’s lone run. Smith is now tied with Aundrea Baker (2003-06) for sixth in school history with 13 career home runs. The RBI also knots Smith with Nikki Smith (2004-07) at eighth with 72 in Kayla Smith’s four seasons. 

A grand slam by Wolf provided a big part of the necessary scoring punch in the fifth, and Ashley Jaramillo finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Freshman Kristi Rodriguez (Marietta, Ga.) fell to 3-6 with the loss, allowing a run on 2/3 of an inning. Cea Knox (10-4) got the win, going all five, allowing two hits and the one run.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, March 24 at 4 p.m. hosting USC Aiken for another Peach Belt Conference (PBC) battle. The Bobcats are tied for fifth in the loss column with a 2-6 conference mark, one ahead of the Pacers’ 5-7 league record.

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