by Matthew Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
Carrollton, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (1-7) dropped both games of a non-conference doubleheader Monday at the University of West Georgia (4-0). The Bobcats lost the first game 9-6, followed by a 7-2 score in the second.
Game one started out with a bang, as catcher Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) blasted a home run to give the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead. The knock was her second of the season.
The lead would be short-lived, as the Wolves scored seven runs on seven hits in the bottom of the first. Junior Maggie Davis (Roswell, Ga.) blasted a home run to inch closer but the Bobcats eventually dropped the game 9-6.
Junior righty Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) took the loss in just 2/3 of an inning of work, falling to 0-2. Chelsie Huffman (Powder Springs, Ga.) provided solid relief with 5 1/3 innings, allowing just two runs.
Burnett was 4-for-4 at the plate, scoring once and driving in one. Parker finished game one 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run. Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) was 2-for-4 with a run from the leadoff spot, and Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas) also tallied two hits.
The winning pitcher was Antoinette Diaz (2-0), throwing four innings and allowing five earned runs. Leadoff hitter Megan Sitton was 3-for-4 with four RBI and a pair of runs, swatting a home run in the process.
In game two, Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) earned the start on the mound and went three strong innings before giving up three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Huffman relieved Chandler (1-2), throwing the last two innings. Huffman gave up one unearned run while surrendering only three hits.
Offensively the Bobcats struggled, mustering only six hits. Four of those six came from Davis and Parker, each going 2-for-3. Burnett chipped in with a solo blast to leadoff the second inning, her fourth of the season and the junior's lone hit of game two.
Freshman Nicole Yancey (2-0) got the win for the Wolves, throwing five innings and allowing a pair of runs. She also went 2-for-3 with three runs and an RBI.
The Bobcats will have to rebound quickly, as they head home to the friendly confines of the Peeler Complex Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. to take on Young Harris College.
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