JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The Georgia College softball squad (7-3) handed Carson-Newman College (7-1) its first loss of the 2014 season as part of a doubleheader split on the road Monday, taking game one 6-4 in extra innings before dropping game two 9-5.
Each team plated two runs in the third inning for the only scores during regulation in game one. Tied 2-2 headed to the top of the eighth, the Bobcats put up a four-spot.
Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) and Whitney Horton (Acworth, Ga.) each had RBI singles in the extra frame, helping to key the four-run inning. Carson-Newman answered with two runs in the bottom half, but the rally stopped there. The bases were loaded with two out in the bottom of the eighth when freshman Faith Flanders (Dublin, Ga.) entered the game and induced a groundout to end the threat.
Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) went 3-for-3 with a run scored, and Mikayla Sparks (Macon, Ga.) continued her hot start with a 2-for-4 effort, a pair of runs and an RBI. Horton also finished 2-for-4 with a run and RBI, and first baseman Becca Olson (Evans, Ga.) had two hits in four trips.
Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tenn.) picked up the win (2-1) in relief, going 3 2/3 innings with one earned run and three strikeouts back in her home state. Flanders added her first career save. Sarah Howard took the loss (3-1) for the Eagles in 7 1/3 innings of work. Sara Kelley finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run for C-N.
In game two, the Eagles out-scored Georgia College 7-4 over the first two frames, hanging on for the 9-5 victory. Horton was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run, including a home run. Sparks had two more hits in four trips and scored once.
Flanders (3-1) took the loss in this one, unable to escape the first inning. The win went to Kalyn Davis (3-0) in a complete-game effort. Leadoff hitter Kelli Hensley paced the offense for the Eagles with a 3-for-4 game and three runs scored.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m., traveling to Anderson University.
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