March 17, 2012

GC Softball Splits at ASU, Burnett Tosses Shutout

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Senior righthander Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) continues to have a resurgence in the ring for her final season for Georgia College softball (19-13, 6-2 PBC), shutting out Augusta State University (23-7, 6-2 PBC) Saturday to help the Bobcats earn a doubleheader split. ASU won game one 6-0 before the 3-0 GC victory.

Burnett buzzed through the Jaguar bats, allowing just three hits and a pair of walks while striking out three. The senior's last shutout came Feb. 15 against St. Andrews University, a five-inning run-rule shortened contest. The last time she had a seven-inning blanking was her last Peach Belt Conference (PBC) shutout, March 16, 2010 against Lander University.

GC put up a pair of runs in the top of the first, two more in the second and another pair in the fifth for good measure. First baseman Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Burnett drove in a pair to help her cause. Leftfielder Caitlin Duvall (Douglasville, Ga.) was 2-for-3 with a run scored.

In game one, the Bobcats were handcuffed by senior Emily Headrick (11-2), who went five innings with six strikeouts. She turned it over to Heather Sexton for the freshman's second save.

The Jaguars got all three runs in an error-plagued third inning. For the Bobcats, shortstop Natalie Bellantoni (Oviedo, Fla.) was the lone multi-hit performer, going 2-for-3.

Centerfielder Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) stole two bases on the day, increasing her season total to 37, her career number at 61. In today's action, the sophomore passed Aundrea Baker (2003-06) for second in a career at Georgia College, and now stands just nine stolen bases behind Leigh Jacobs (1995-98) for first.

GC now stands 6-2 in PBC play, tied with the Jaguars for first place in the conference. The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, March 18 at noon, traveling to UNC Pembroke.

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