SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University softball team (13-30, 5-13 PBC) ripped five home runs in a doubleheader Wednesday, earning a split at Armstrong Atlantic State University (29-14, 8-8 PBC). The Bobcats took game one 13-8 and dropped game two 7-6.
The Bobcats scored a season-high 13 runs on 14 hits in game one, including eight in the fourth.
Junior leftfielder Belourse Jean-Francis (Naples, Fla.) tagged two home runs in that inning alone, good for four RBI. The Bobcats rattled off eight hits for the eight runs, taking an 8-6 lead at the time. The Pirates tied it back up at 8-8 in the bottom half, but the ‘Cats answered.
Jean-Francis led off the sixth with a double, plated one batter later for the go-ahead run on a Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) double. The Bobcats tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh to put it out of reach.
Jean-Francis finished 3-for-4 with three runs, four RBI and two home runs. Burnett was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI as well. Third baseman Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) and centerfielder Allison Schwimer (Cumming, Ga.) each had two hits and each drove in two runs. Martin scored twice and Schwimer once as the top four spots in the order went a combined 9-for-17 with nine RBI and seven runs.
Sophomore Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) closed out the final 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and fanning two in her first appearance of the season.
Megan Barnwell took the loss, falling to 12-6 in 5 1/3 innings. The hitting star for the Pirates was third baseman Baillie Temples, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs.
Game two was another come-from-behind effort for the ‘Cats, as they rallied for four runs in the sixth to tie a 5-1 game. Burnett started the inning with a solo blast, her second of the game, and Martin also plated a pair on a single.
The Pirates took the lead back with two of their own in the sixth, but the Bobcats nearly tied it back up. Shortstop Kayla Smith (Lexington, S.C.) ripped a one-out solo home run to center in the seventh, cutting the lead to one. The Bobcats put two more runners on in the inning, but couldn’t bring in the tying score.
Smith tallied her 18th career home run in the inning, tying Kristin Hughes (2002-03) for fifth in school history.
Martin and Burnett each went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in game two, Burnett scoring two runs. Catcher Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) was 2-for-4 with a run, and designated player Jessica Solomon (Douglasville, Ga.) 2-for-3 with a run.
Burnett dropped to 9-15 with the relief effort, tossing the final 3 1/3 innings allowing a pair of unearned runs. Barnwell improved to 13-6 with the relief win, tossing the final 1 2/3 innings and allowing one run. Leftfielder Meagan Qualls went 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run.
The Bobcats are back in action for Senior Day Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m., hosting No. 1 North Georgia at the Peeler Complex.
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