Bobcat Softball Splits Day One of Eckerd Tournament

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Playing its first road contests of the 2012 season, the Georgia College softball squad (2-4) split day one of action at the Eckerd College Spring Invitational Saturday. The Bobcats lost to Nova Southeastern University (3-4) 4-0, then rebounded with a 9-5 win over the host school Eckerd College (2-1).

In game one, Laura Saladrigas held the Bobcat bats in check, scattering four hits and three walks over the complete-game shutout. Senior righthander Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) was the hard-luck loser (1-1) tossing all seven while allowing three earned runs and fanning two.

In game two the GC bats came alive ripping 14 hits, including a Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) home run and a Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) triple.

Trailing 5-1 going into the sixth, GC rallied with a seven-run inning, powered by the Gallucci grand slam and Okvist triple.

The top four hitters in the GC order went a combined 9-for-15 with five RBI and six runs. Okvist was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, with Gallucci going 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs.

Frankie Walls (Dahlonega, Ga.) and Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) each finished 2-for-4 with a run. Michl'le Hull (Stone Mountain, Ga.) capped the multi-hit performers at 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Senior Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) got the win (1-1) in relief, going three innings of no-hit work, fanning a pair.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m., taking on No. 19 University of Tampa, followed by a 1:30 p.m. bout with Florida Tech.

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