by Trevor Kuss, sports information assistant
HICKORY, N.C. – The No. 7-seed Georgia College softball team (37-15) came up successful on its trip to the NCAA Southeast Subregional for the first time since 2009, taking on host and No. 2-seed Lenoir-Rhyne University (35-15). The Bobcats started off the 2013 tournament with a bang, scoring multiple runs in innings four times and defeating the Bears by a score of 10-1.
The Bobcats got on the board early, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Freshman Taylor Campbell (Warner Robbins, Ga.) supplied the highlight with her third home run of the year, scoring Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Abi LeRoy (Dubin, Ga.).
Senior Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) continued her impressive final campaign, scattering seven hits and only allowing one unearned run. The Bears pushed a run across in the bottom of the first, but Gallucci allowed just one runner past second base over the final six innings.
"After the first inning I settled in and was feeling really good," said Gallucci. "I was hitting my spots really well and just felt really comfortable out there."
While Gallucci held the Bears in check after the first inning, the Bobcat offense continued to put runs on the board, scoring multiple runs in the third, sixth and seventh innings.
Gallucci helped drive the offense also, finishing the game 3-for-4, scoring a run and knocking in three, highlighted by a two-run home run in the top of the seventh.
Campbell finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI and LeRoy was 1-for-3 at the plate while knocking in two.
The Bobcats bats tallied 12 hits, four walks, and had another two runners reach via error.
"I'm really proud of our team," said head coach Jamie Grodecki. "Sometimes we don't always know who's going to have the big hit, but we seem to have someone come through. We always win as a team."
The Bobcats return to the field tomorrow, May 10 at 2 p.m. when they take on No. 6-seed Anderson University who took down No. 3-seed University of North Georgia earlier Saturday, 7-2.
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