March 8, 2013

GC Softball Sweeps Ohio Dominican, 5-1 and 4-1

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Senior Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) held the Ohio Dominican University Panthers (2-17) in check on the mound during the first game and freshman Taylor Campbell (Warner Robbins, Ga.) doubled in three runs in the second game as the Georgia College softball team (18-10) swept the doubleheader Friday afternoon at the Peeler Complex.

Gallucci continued her impressive season on the mound, as she held the Panthers to five hits and zero walks while striking out six en route to her fifth victory of the year (5-3). As a result of the one-run outing, Gallucci lowered her ERA to 1.19. The utility player also delivered the finishing blow from the batter's box, knocking in Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.) for the go-ahead run.

Junior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate, including a leadoff triple in the bottom of the sixth inning that led to her scoring the tying run. She also stole her 23rd base of the season, good for first in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).

Game two saw Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) take to the pitcher's circle. The Bobcat freshman (8-4) recorded swinging strikeouts for all of the first four outs.

The Bobcats got on the board in the bottom of the first, when Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) dropped a bunt single down that brought in Kristen Brooks (Brunswick, Ga.).

The Bobcats would widen the gap in the fourth inning. Gallucci, Michl'le Hull (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Natalie Lampert (Marietta, Ga.) all singled to start the inning, finishing the sequence with the bases loaded. Campbell came into the game as a pinch hitter and quickly put a ODU fastball deep into the left center gap, clearing the bases for the second extra-base hit of her collegiate career.

The Panthers threatened in the top of the fifth as Erica Bell (Fayetteville, Ga.) got the call with the bases loaded and two outs. She quickly got the strikeout to end the inning and the threat. Bell went the final two innings allowing one hit as she earned her first save of the season.

The Bobcats return to the field Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. when they welcome Young Harris College (16-6, 0-0 PBC) to the Peeler Complex.

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