MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (15-9) moved its win streak to nine straight games Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep of non-conference action with Catawba College (6-21) at the Peeler Complex.
The Bobcats got a great pitching effort in game one, followed by a walk-off Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill) double for the win in game two.
In game one, the Bobcats got a run in the second and two more in the third, and made the early advantage hold up. Sophomore Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) buzzed through the Catawba hitters, scattering six hits and two walks for just a single run.
Cassidy Rice (Du Quoin, Illinois) doubled in a run in the second, and Deja Lester (Jacksonville) matched that feat in the third. Shortstop Baylee Hall (Hephzibah) capped the Bobcat scoring in the third with a sacrifice fly.
In game two, Catawba jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead after the first three innings, extending out to 5-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth. The Bobcats sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth, ripping five singles and a double for six runs to take the lead 7-5.
Catawba answered in the seventh, when catcher Monica Taylor singled home two to tie, and then Katherine Shumaker added a third run with a pinch-hit RBI single. Headed to the bottom of the seventh, the Bobcats needed a run to stay alive and force extra innings.
The inning started with a walk, then a fielder's choice. Centerfielder Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) had a one-out single down the leftfield line to put the go-ahead run on the basepaths. After a groundout moved the runners to second and third, Holland Coursey took to the plate as the final hope. After finding herself down 0-2, the junior leftfielder hit a screaming liner in the gap in left-center to bring home two and win the game.
Bernstein and Holland Coursey had three hits each in game two, Bernstein scoring twice and Holland Coursey driving in two while scoring a third. Hall, Rice and Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill) each had two hits in four trips, Hall plating two as well.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 11 at noon, playing host to Francis Marion University.
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