March 20, 2014

Okvist Nearing NCAA Top-10 Stolen Base List After Record-Breaking Weekend

by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College senior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) entered last weekend's opening Peach Belt Conference (PBC) doubleheader games at Young Harris College on the verge of making history on the Bobcat and PBC all-time lists. When the weekend ended, she took over one PBC record, two Bobcat records and became primed to enter the NCAA Division II all-time stolen base top-10 list.

Okvist entered the Young Harris contests tied with Danielle Peters (UNC Pembroke) for the all-time PBC stolen base record with 144, and tied for No. 15 on the NCAA Division II all-time stolen bases list. She also was listed on the Georgia College all-time hits list at No. 3 with 208, and the Bobcats' all-time runs scored list at No. 2 with 150.

After the Bobcats won the opener 6-3, Okvist's assault on the record book began. Her two stolen bases in that game gave her the all-time PBC career stolen bases record with 146, and moved her up to No. 14 on the NCAA Division II all-time stolen bases list. Her three hits in the opener moved her into a tie atop the Bobcats' all-time hits list with 211 with Diana Baruffa (2003-06), after leapfrogging over No. 2 Aundrea Baker's (03-06) total of 210. Okvist's two runs scored in that game also moved her into a tie atop the Bobcats' all-time runs scored list with Joni Frei (2001-04) with 150.

In the second game at Young Harris last weekend, Okvist took over the all-time Bobcats hits and runs scored titles as well as adding to her PBC stolen bases total, while moving up on the NCAA Division II stolen bases all-time list.

She recorded two hits in the second game to break the tie and move her into sole possession of the Bobcats' all-time hit list with 213. Okvist also scored two more runs in the second game to break that tie and move her into sole possession of the Bobcats' all-time runs scored list with 154. Her one stolen base in the second game, brought her career total to 147 and moved her into a tie for 12th on the NCAA Division II stolen bases all-time list.

Going into today's double header against the University of West Georgia, Okvist needs just five stolen bases to enter the NCAA Division II stolen bases all-time top-10 list and two to reach No. 11. The first game starts at 4 p.m. and the second game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Just 10 more bag swipes will enter into the NCAA Division II all-time top-five.

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