March 27, 2014

GC Softball Matches #15 UNG in Hits but not Runs, Okvist Moves to #7

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team (24-10, 3-5 PBC) dropped a pair of Peach Belt Conference (PBC) games at No. 15 University of North Georgia (28-8, 8-2 PBC) Thursday at The Hill. The Bobcats and Nighthawks both totaled 17 hits combined, but Georgia College ended up on the wrong side of 2-1, and 7-3 scores as senior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) climbed to No. 7 on the NCAA Division II all-time stolen bases list.

In the first game, the Bobcats out-hit North Georgia 7-5, but could only get one late run before dropping a close 2-1 game. Okvist led the way, going 3-for-4 and knocking in the only Bobcat run. Georgia College was held in check until a fifth-inning Okvist single to leftfield scored sophomore Kristen Brooks (Brunswick, Ga.) for the Bobcats' only run.

UNG got runs in each of the first two innings and then kept the Bobcats at bay the rest of the way. Georgia College left runners on the bags in every inning except the second for a total of nine, including three in its final at-bat.

Freshman Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tenn.)(10-6) gave up just five hits and one earned-run while going the distance and adding five strikeouts.

In the second game, the Nighthawks came out flying by getting two three-run innings in the first and third to take a 6-1 lead. Although Georgia College never recovered, they did out-score UNG 2-1 the rest of the way. Again it was the inability to bring home runners left on the bases as the Bobcats stranded nine for the second-consecutive game.

Georgia College did stroke a dozen hits in the second game with Okvist, sophomore Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) and junior Mikayla Sparks (Macon, Ga.) accounting for half the total with two apiece.

LeRoy had the only two RBI, while senior Whitney Horton (Acworth, Ga.) scored once and Okvist twice. Okvist also stole a pair of bags in the second game, moving her to No. 7 in NCAA Division II career stolen bases list with 155.

Sophomore Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.)(8-4) suffered the loss from the circle allowing three earned runs off two hits in facing just three batters.

Georgia College will resume PBC play with a doubleheader Saturday, March 29 against No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic State University starting at 2 p.m. at the Peeler Complex.

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