February 23, 2013

Bobcats Win Both Games in Second Day of UNA Invitational

FLORENCE, Ala. – The Georgia College softball team (10-8) came out on top in both games during the second day of the University of North Alabama hosted UNA Invitational. The Bobcats came from behind in the first game as they took down their third ranked opponent of the year in No. 24 University of Alabama at Huntsville 7-6. The bats continued in the second game, as the Bobcats came away with a 12-0 four-inning victory over the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The Bobcats struck first against the Chargers, as Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.) reached on an error and came into score on a Lacey Najafi (Suwanee, Ga.) triple in the top of the second.

Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) added another run in the top of the third inning when she singled in Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) who had doubled to centerfield the previous at-bat.

Huntsville got on the board in the bottom of the third, piecing together five runs on five hits. They were assisted by costly Bobcat errors, making all but one of the runs unearned. In the end the Chargers left the inning with a 5-2 lead.

The Bobcats quickly tied the score in the top of the fourth, with three hits and two walks. Frankie Walls (Dahlonega, Ga.) had the big hit in the inning with a double to leftfield, scoring Najafi and Natalie Bellantoni (Oviedo, Fla.).

The game reached the top of the seventh in a 6-6 tie. Gallucci started the inning off with an infield single and then was pinch ran for by Becca Olson (Evans, Ga.). A Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) groundout and Humphries single advanced Olson to third. She crossed the plate to score the go-ahead run on a passed ball by Huntsville.


The Bobcats were back in action for game two of the day, this time against the Wisconsin-Parkside. Georgia College struck early, as LeRoy doubled and then scored on a Gallucci single in the bottom of the first inning.

That proved to be all Gallucci needed as she allowed two hits through the shortened 5-inning game.

The Bobcats added three more runs in the second inning, two in the third inning and then six in the fourth inning to push the score to 12-0. The Bobcats sent 10 batters to the plate and collected six hits during the six-run fourth.

Georgia College softball returns to the field Sunday for the completion of the UNA Invitational. First taking on the No. 7 University of Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Eastern and then finishing off the weekend against Delta State University at 3 p.m.

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