by Matthew Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team
(0-2) dropped both games of their season-opening doubleheader
against Brewton Parker College (2-0) Wednesday afternoon at the
In the first game, GC and Brewton Parker battled back and forth throughout, with the ‘Cats eventually falling 4-3 in extra innings. Freshman Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) kicked her Georgia College career off with a bang, going 3-for-3 while scoring a pair of runs in game one. Junior catcher Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) also enjoyed a good game as she went 1-for-2 with a game-tying home run in the bottom of the sixth.
Junior pitcher Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) was the hard-luck loser, falling to 0-1 on the season. Burnett went eight innings, scattering four hits and allowing only three earned runs while fanning four.
The Bobcats were able to force extra-innings with a valiant comeback effort in the bottom of the seventh. Junior Maggie Davis (Roswell, Ga.) drove in the tying run on a sacrifice fly to right field. Unfortunately, the effort was not enough as Brewton Parker mustered one run in the top of the extra set on an RBI double by pitcher Crystal Chesser, ultimately delivering the victory. Chesser threw all eight innings for the win.
In the second game, junior Caitlin Duvall (Douglasville, Ga.) got the start on the mound, giving up only two earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. She didn’t receive much help from her defense, which committed five errors leading to three unearned runs.
Okvist played well in the second game, going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Freshman counterpart Alex Duvall (Douglasville, Ga.) enjoyed a good game at the plate, as she went 1-for-2.
The Bobcats were unable to overcome their sloppy play in the field, eventually dropping the game 7-1. Baron first baseman Leighann Newberry went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of doubles. Myia Ashmore picked up the win, allowing one unearned run on two hits and striking out five over six innings.
Georgia College returns to the field Friday, Feb. 11 when they travel to take on Queens University (N.C.) at 2 p.m. in another doubleheader.
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