MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (2-0) started its season Saturday with a pair of wins over Albany State University (0-2), 8-2 and 9-1 in the Bobcat Kickoff tournament at the Peeler Complex.
Senior Faith Flanders (Dublin) was instrumental in both wins, spinning all seven innings of game one without an earned run and following that up with a 2-for-4 effort with a run and an RBI in game two.
In game one, it took little time for Georgia College to jump in front, plating a pair in the first on a sacrifice fly and a first-and-third steal. After two more in the fourth on an error and four straight walks, ASU cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth, 4-2. A Bobcat run in the fifth and three more in the sixth helped push it out of reach again.
Flanders went seven frames, scattering four hits for two unearned runs, walking three and fanning five. Flanders set down 12 in a row at one point.
Game two featured more of the same, as Georgia College got a run in the bottom of the first, but a big four-spot in the third powered the win. The Bobcats were opportunistic in the deciding inning, using three errors by the Golden Rams combined with two hits for the four runs. The big blow came on freshman Amber Coy's (Warner Robins) first career hit, slicing a single to right to score two runs.
Flanders had two hits, adding an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Brooke Taylor (Powder Springs) got the win in game two, throwing four innings with four hits and one run. Senior Cassidy Rice (Du Quoin, Illinois) added the final two frames of no-hit ball.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, hosting Queens University in doubleheader action starting at 4:30 p.m.
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