AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Georgia College softball squad (29-11, 8-6 PBC) picked up its second sweep of a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series this season, edging GRU Augusta (16-29, 3-9 PBC) in a pair of 3-1 games Wednesday.
The Bobcats and the Jaguars are the last two teams to defeat No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Game one started quickly for the Bobcats, with runs in each of the first two innings. Run-scoring singles from Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.) and Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) gave Georgia College a 2-0 lead. After the Jaguars picked up a run to cut the advantage in half, pitching took over to keep GRU Augusta at bay.
Freshman righty Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tenn.) went the distance, scattering four hits and an uncharacteristic six walks for just one run. The rookie fanned three in the win (13-7). Haley Birkle (6-14) nearly matched Lewis in the complete-game effort, allowing three runs, only two earned.
Okvist finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, scoring one run as well. Humphries was 2-for-3.
Game two was more of the same, with fireworks early before pitching took over.
The Bobcats plated a pair in the top of the first. With one out, Taylor Campbell (Warner Robins, Ga.) was hit by pitch and took second on a Danielle Bernstein (Cumming, Ga.) single to third. Sophomore Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) then drove in Campbell with a single up the middle, as Humphries capped the scoring on an RBI groundout that brought in Bernstein.
The Jaguars scored a run on an illegal pitch in the bottom of the first, the pitchers halting the scoring until a Bernstein RBI single in the seventh.
Sophomore Marisa Boyette (Marietta, Ga.) tossed all seven innings, scattering four hits and three walks for one unearned run. Boyette improves to 10-4 on the season. Paige Deschaine (9-14) allowed three earned runs over seven innings in a losing effort.
Bernstein was 2-for-3 with a run and RBI, with LeRoy finishing 2-for-4, driving in the deciding run. Okvist notched another stolen base, giving her 157 in her stellar career, good for No. 5 in NCAA Division II history. The senior thief is now tied with Beth Hein of Molloy College, a mark set in 1997. Okvist needs 26 more steals to catch fourth place all-time.
The Bobcats are 8-6 now in PBC play, good for fifth in the conference standings. The Bobcats are just four games behind first place, with eight games to go.
GC softball is back in action Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m., hosting Georgia Southwestern State University for Military Appreciation Day at the Peeler Complex.
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