by Molly Johnson, sports information student assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team and head coach Jamie Grodecki are proud to announce the Spring 2014 softball schedule.
The Bobcats will open the season at the Peeler Complex in the third annual Bobcat Blast Tournament. Georgia Southwestern State University, Queens College, and the University of West Alabama will be competing in the tournament Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.
The Bobcats will then go on a five-date road trip from Feb. 8 to Feb. 22. The next home game for the squad will be a doubleheader, Feb. 26 against Fort Valley State University starting at 4 p.m.
In March, the team will play in two tournaments. The first will be the Mid-South Classic Tournament in Spartanburg, S.C. March 1 and March 2. The next will be held at the Peeler Complex; the Georgia College Round Robin which will include Newberry College and Barry University.
March 12 will showcase the Bobcats' first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) game. The team will again hit the road and travel to the University of North Georgia and play in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. The Bobcats will play three consecutive home doubleheaders in March, including two conference match ups. March 28 will be the first home conference game for the Bobcats, facing 2013 PBC Champion and No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Another nationally-ranked squad in No. 18 Columbus State University invades the Peeler Complex Wednesday, April 9 at 5 p.m.
The Bobcats will be coming back from a successful 2013 season, highlighted by a return to the NCAA Tournament. The team will look to the three seniors, outfielders Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Whitney Horton (Acworth, Ga.), and infielder Emily Hammond (Gainesville, Ga.) for leadership during PBC play. The Bobcats went 37-17 overall in 2013, and return All-PBC honorees in Okvist and pitcher/outfielder Aby LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.).
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