MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (23-10) rallied late in both contests to secure the doubleheader sweep of North Greenville University (11-16) on the road in Tigerville, S.C. Friday afternoon, 5-4 and 2-1.
In Game 1, Georgia College jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. An RBI single down the left field line by Amber Coy (Warner Robins) brought in a pair of Bobcats for the game's first runs. Haley Howell (Rochelle) continued her blazing streak, tripling to bring Coy around to score as well.
Despite the early lead, North Greenville responded with a couple of runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame, before evening things up at 3-3 in the third inning. They took their first lead of the day after a Bobcat error led to a sequence of plays ending in a sacrifice fly to go ahead 4-3.
However, clutch hitting for Georgia College in the final frame saw the Bobcats regain the lead on a Howell double that scored Coy and Caroline Snider (Tennille).
The top half of the order did all the damage, slapping all nine hits and scoring all five runs. Snider and Coy each finished with a pair of hits and runs scored, while Howell had three hits and a game-high three RBI.
Rachel Wolverton (Valdosta) secured the win, splitting time with Kayla Price (Indianland, South Carolina) and Rebecca Lawrence (Vidalia). Wolverton went three innings, allowing just one run on two hits, picking up her second victory of the 2019 campaign. Lawrence picked up her first save of the season.
In Game 2, both offenses cooled a bit while a defensive battle ensued.
Lawrence stuffed the Crusader offense, putting on another stellar performance by going the complete game, only allowing a single run on one hit.
Shut out and railing the entire contest until the top of the fifth inning, Snider pulled the Bobcats even, coming around to score on a perfectly manufactured run started by a Lindsey Puckett (Dunwoody) sacrifice bunt. In the next at-bat, Howell added to her series RBI total, singling in Puckett and giving Georgia College the final edge.
With the pair of victories, Georgia College improves to 6-3 on the road. They will be back in action Sunday, March 24 at noon, taking on Peach Belt Conference-foe UNC Pembroke on Military Appreciation Day.
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