ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The No. 2-seed Georgia College softball team (35-14) entered the bottom of the 11th inning locked in a 1-1 tie with No. 7-seed Francis Marion University (25-25) when freshman Taylor Campbell (Warner Robbins, Ga.) stepped into the batter's box. Campbell came to the plate with one out in the inning and after fouling off the first pitch she deposited the next one over the left field fence for the win.
The Bobcats return to the field tomorrow, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. when they will face No. 6-seed USC Aiken in the semifinal round of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament.
Senior Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) pitched an astonishing 11 innings while only allowing nine hits and one run. She walked two while striking out nine batters. Taylor Luff was the hard-luck-loser, going 10 1/3 innings and giving up two runs on nine hits.
Neither team scored through the first five innings of play. The Patriots scored Kristie Hanewinckel on a sacrifice bunt in the top of the inning only to have Kelsea Martin (Dacula, Ga.) knock in Kristen Brooks (Brunswick, Ga.) in the bottom half. The score would remain 1-1 until Campbell's home run in the 11th.
Campbell finished 2-for-5 on the night, while Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.) finished 2-for-4.
No. 1-seed Armstrong advanced, beating Georgia Southwestern 6-4. The Pirates will face No. 4-seed Columbus State University in the first semifinal match Sunday. The Cougars defeated Flagler College 4-0 to advance. The Bobcats face off against USC Aiken, who defeated No. 3-seed University of North Georgia 5-2 in the quarter final round.
The Pirates and Cougars battle tomorrow, April 21 at 11 a.m. while the Bobcats take the field at 1:30 p.m. The winners of the semifinal games will return to the field at 4 p.m. to decide the PBC Championship.
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