Bobcats’ Faith in Flanders Produces West Georgia Sweep

by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant

CARROLLTON, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (22-6) won a pair of non-conference games at the University of West Georgia (14-13) Thursday at University Field. The Bobcats won both contests by 3-1 scores as freshman Faith Flanders (Dublin, Ga.) finished the day 4-of-8 with a home run and a double, while totaling two runs and three RBI.

In the first game, the Bobcats took an early first-inning lead before the Wolves tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth. Georgia College got two runs in the eighth inning and then held off West Georgia for the 3-1 win.

The Bobcats were able to take advantage of two costly Wolve mistakes. In the first inning, a wild pitch advanced Flanders, who subsequently scored off sophomore Taylor Campbell's (Warner Robins, Ga.) single. With the international tiebreak rules in play, senior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) was placed on second base in the eighth and was able to gain third on an errant throw. She then scored when sophomore Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) hit a sacrifice to centerfield for the winning run.

Flanders followed LeRoy at bat and gave the Bobcats some breathing room with a solo home run to leftfield. Carly Lewis (Semour, Tenn.) (9-4) went the distance allowing one run and six hits with two strikeouts. Georgia College out-hit the Wolves 10-6, as Okvist picked up her career 148th stolen base.

The second game was 0-0 through the first five innings, but a Flanders double in the sixth provided the first score of the game.  Just as in the first game, a Campbell single scored the base runner who had advanced on an errant throw. However instead of Flanders scoring, junior Natalie Lampert (Marietta, Ga.) crossed the plate as a pinch runner for Flanders.

The Bobcats' last turn at bat produced a pair of runs in the seventh after Flanders singled to score Okvist and LeRoy. The Wolves got their lone run in their last at-bat for the 3-1 final.

The Bobcats produced five hits in the second game led by Flanders' two. Sophomore Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) (7-2) went the distance allowing one run and six hits with four strikeouts.

Georgia College will return to conference play with a doubleheader at UNC Pembroke Saturday, March 22 starting at 1 p.m.

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