MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University softball team (13-32, 5-15 PBC) came to the same fate as any other playing No. 1 North Georgia (39-0, 18-0 PBC) this season, coming out on the losing end of a doubleheader by dropping game one 8-1 and game two 5-0 at the Peeler Complex Saturday.
With the Bobcats down just 2-0 in the early going, it took until the fifth inning for the Saints to break game one open, putting four on the board in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Georgia College got their lone run of the day in the fifth, when singles by Jessica Solomon (Douglasville, Ga.) and Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas) set up pinch runner Bailey Thompson (Vidalia, Ga.) to score on a Saint error.
Senior Allison Schwimer (Cumming, Ga.) went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles as the ‘Cats were out-hit 11-5. Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) started and took the loss (9-16) in four innings of work. Sarah Phillips went the distance for the Saints, fanning seven. Third baseman Hilary Cox went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run.
Game two was more of the same, as the ‘Cats kept it close until the late innings. Again only up 2-0, the Saints tacked on three runs in the seventh for insurance. The Bobcats were out-hit in game two 13-4 in game two, with Burnett getting half of the hits on a 2-for-2 game.
Freshman Kristi Rodriguez (Marietta, Ga.) fell to 3-9 with the loss, going 6 1/3 innings with five earned runs, while Phillips improved to 32-0 on the year with a complete game shutout, fanning five. Second baseman Laura Voyles went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run, swatting a double.
The game marks the final regular-season contest for the Bobcats as they await the selection announcement for the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament.
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