by Matthew Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
FLORENCE, S.C. – The No. 6-seed Georgia College softball team (15-35) fought hard, but couldn't muster enough runs to top the Jaguars of Augusta State University (32-17), falling 6-0 in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament.
Junior Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) looked great early on, going through the first two innings unscathed. Unfortunately, the Jaguars would tack on a run in each of the next two innings before plating three in the bottom of the fifth to give them a 5-0 lead.
GC struggled offensively, managing just four hits in the game. The Bobcats got all four hits in the first three innings of play, before Jaguar pitchers Emily Headrick and Hather Hughes combined to retire 15 of the last 16 batters they faced.
Freshman Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) 1-for-3 on the day, leading-off the game with a single. Classmate Lindsey Conway (Madison, Ga.) backed that up with a single of her own and finished 1-for-3 as well.
It was a magical run for the Bobcats down the stretch, as they won three of their last five games to end the season. GC shocked No. 3-seed Columbus State 3-1 in the first round of the PBC Tournament, before falling to No. 2-seed Armstrong Atlantic, 4-2.
Georgia College says goodbye to four seniors in Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas), Brandie Monroe (Savannah, Ga.), Lauren Potts (Gray, Ga.) and Bailey Thompson (Vidalia, Ga.), all of whom have contributed greatly to the softball program during their careers.
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