March 6, 2013

Runs Plentiful as Bobcats Sweep Hurricanes, 8-4, 8-0

AMERICUS, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (16-10, 4-2 PBC) had no trouble putting runs on the board Wednesday evening as they took a pair of road wins against Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe Georgia Southwestern (16-12, 1-3 PBC) 8-4 and 8-0.

The Bobcats scored six runs in the first two innings of game one, starting with Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) doubling in Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.). Later that inning, Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) doubled in Martin.

Kristen Brooks (Brunswick, Ga.) started the scoring in the second inning as she doubled to left field, scoring Natalie Bellantoni (Oviedo, Fla.). Brooks later scored on a wild pitch followed by Okvist scoring her second run of the game on a LeRoy fielder's choice.

The offensive outburst to start the game proved to be enough as Gallucci (5-3) continued her strong season in the pitcher's circle, allowing only one runner in the first three innings. The Hurricanes got on the board in the fourth with a three-run home run by Avery Purser. The runs broke Gallucci's streak of 21 innings without allowing an earned run.

Marissa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) pitched the final three innings for the Bobcats for her first save of the year.

The top of the order did most of the damage for the Bobcats, with the first four batters going 4-for-13 at the plate with three walks, six runs scored, five RBI and four steals on the basepaths.

The Bobcats wasted no time getting on the board in game two, as Martin doubled in LeRoy. Shaky defense and pitching helped the Bobcats score three runs on only two hits in the second inning.

Freshman Danielle Knight (Dudley, Ga.) hit her first collegiate home run in the third inning, making the score 4-0 in favor of Georgia College.

The Bobcats pushed their final three runs across the plate in the fourth inning, highlighted by a LeRoy double, scoring Emily Hammond (Gainesville, Ga.).

Erica Bell (Fayetteville, Ga.) made her first start since returning from injury, scattering four hits and four walks over the five-inning victory (1-0).

The Bobcats return to the Peeler Complex Friday, March 8 at 3 p.m. for a doubleheader against Ohio Dominican University.

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