February 24, 2013

Bobcat Softball Splits Games in Final Day of UNA Invitational

FLORENCE, Ala. – The Georgia College softball team (11-9) split their final games of the University of North Alabama hosted UNA Tournament. The Bobcats started off the day with a 4-0 loss to No. 7 University of Indianapolis, rebounding with a 6-5 win over Delta State University.

Georgia College started the day against the Indianapolis Greyhounds, the highest of the four ranked opponents the Bobcats have faced this year.

The Greyhounds pushed two runs across in the second inning with a leadoff  double followed by a home run.

The Bobcats offense was held in check by Greyhound pitcher Coryn Tirpak, who allowed only seven baserunners.

Indianapolis added two more runs in the sixth inning with a walk and a pair of singles.

Freshman Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) continued to wield a hot bat for the Bobcats, as she went 2-for-4 at the plate. LeRoy pulled double duty against the Greyhounds, toeing the pitcher's rubber to hold the Greyhounds to just six hits.

The loss was just the second for the Bobcats in their five games against ranked opponents.

The Bobcats were matched against Delta State for the final game of the weekend. Delta State struck first as they had back-to-back home runs to start the top of the second inning, then added two more runs in the fourth.

The Bobcat offense plated one run in the bottom of the fourth, when a single by Lacey Najafi (Suwanee, Ga.) scored LeRoy.

Georgia College entered the bottom of the seventh inning down 5-4, when Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) started the inning reaching on an error. LeRoy doubled to left center, scoring Okvist and tying the game. Pinch hitter Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.) singled through the left side to advance LeRoy to third.  

After a Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) walk loaded the bases with one out, Kristen Brooks (Brunswick, Ga.) ripped a walk-off single to left center, scoring LeRoy and completing the comeback. Gallucci got the win in a six inning relief effort, allowing just two earned runs.

The Bobcats return to the field Tuesday, Feb. 26 when they host Kentucky State University at 2 p.m. at the Peeler Complex.

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