April 2, 2013

Softball Sweeps at No. 19 Columbus State, 2-1 and 4-3

 

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Senior Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) earned a win in game one and a save in game two Tuesday evening. She pitched 10 innings while allowing only one run on five hits and striking out 13 batters between the two games as the Georgia College softball team (30-12, 12-4 PBC) swept No. 19 Columbus State University (29-13, 10-4 PBC) by scores of 2-1 and 4-3.

All of the runs in the first game of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) matchup would be scored in the fourth inning. Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) reached base to start the inning. Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.) reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Okvist and then LeRoy scored two batters later, when Gallucci reached base on an error.

The Cougars would get a run in the bottom of the inning, on a Casey Googe leadoff home run, but Gallucci would hold the CSU from that point on, allowing a single baserunner in the final three innings.

Mollie Russell of CSU dropped to 15-7 on the year even though she held the Bobcats to two hits in the complete game loss. Gallucci improved to 11-4 on the year.

Both teams pushed runs across in the first inning of game two, as the LeRoy put an 0-2 pitch over the rightfield fence to put the Bobcats up 2-0. The Lady Cougars scored a run on a fielder error.

CSU would take the lead in the bottom of the second, as Kodi Ricketson homered to centerfield. The Bobcats answered in the top of the third, as Okvist and LeRoy both scored on a fielding error by the Lady Cougar pitcher.

Both pitching staffs tightened from that point on, LeRoy would make it through four innings allowing the three runs before giving way to Gallucci for the final three innings. Kristen Carr of the Lady Cougars pitched 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief in the losing effort.

Gallucci earned her second save of the season, which ties her in the PBC for second most. She also lowered her ERA to 1.22, third in the PBC and the win places her sixth, right behind teammate Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.).

Okvist stole three bases in the games, giving her 35 on the year and 111 in her career, moving her past Sarah Donnely of USC Aiken and into sixth place all-time for the PBC.

The Bobcats return to the field Wednesday, April 10 at 5 p.m. as they face off against USC Aiken (20-14-1, 7-7 PBC) at the Peeler Complex.

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