MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (31-10, 9-1 PBC) swept Lander University (18-20, 3-9 PBC) on the road Sunday, downing the Bearcats 7-3 and 7-5 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action.
Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) spun a gem in the first contest, spanning the complete seven innings. The senior was in control throughout, surrendering just a pair of earned runs on five Bearcat hits. With the victory, Price picked up her team-leading eighth victory of the season, improving her stellar overall record to 8-1.
Trailing 3-0 until the bottom of the sixth frame, the Bobcat bats sparked.
At the plate for the Bobcats, Lindsey Puckett (Dunwoody) engineered an incredible performance, batting 3-for-4 with a run scored. Haley Howell (Rochelle) and Darby Pinkard (Acworth) also had multi-hit games, with Howell batting 2-for-4 and Pinkard 2-for-3. Howell improved her PBC-leading RBI total with a pair and Pinkard came across to score both times she reached a base. Jessie Barre (Pooler) tied Howell for a game-high with two RBI of her own.
Game 2 saw the Bobcats jump out to an early lead, scoring once in each of the first two frames to pull ahead 2-0. Barre sent a massive solo shot over the fence in the second. However, Lander responded with four runs in the bottom half of the second to take the lead.
The final lead change came courtesy of an Ariel Edenfield (Dublin) single that brought in a pair of runs to take the 5-4 edge in the third. The freshman's single brought around Howell and Amber Coy (Warner Robins). Coy reached based earlier in the inning with an RBI single of her own. She finished the game with a 2-for-4 line a the plate, scoring a pair of runs and bringing in two of her teammates.
On the mound, Rebecca Lawrence (Vidalia) got the start, lasting 1 2/3 innings and giving up four runs. Danielle Rubin (Canton) picked up the win in relief, spanning 2 1/3 innings before Rachel Wolverton (Valdosta) closed out the game. Rubin allowed only three hits, while giving up no runs. Wolverton fanned five batters in her three innings of work.
The Bobcat women host No. 7 University of Alabama-Huntsville Tuesday for the annual NFCA Strikeout Cancer Day at The Peeler Complex. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 4 p.m.
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