GC Softball Splits Action with #4 North Georgia

Sophomore catcher Haley Howell
Sophomore catcher Haley Howell

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (32-17, 10-8 PBC) closed out their home schedule in exciting fashion Friday, splitting a doubleheader with No. 4 and Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Regular-Season Champion University of North Georgia (39-11, 16-4 PBC). The Nighthawks won the first game 6-1 and the Bobcats rebounded for an 8-5 win in game two.

In game one, the Bobcats scored first in the first, when rightfielder Sarah Couch (Madison) led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly from shortstop Amber Coy (Warner Robins). UNG got in front with two runs in the fourth and ran away with it from there.  

Nighthawk starter Kylee Smith was impressive, scattering four hits and a walk for just the single run while fanning seven. Bobcat lefty Rebecca Lawrence (Vidalia) took the loss in 3 2/3 innings of work.

Couch finished 3-for-4 with the run scored, tallying all but one of GC's hits.

Game two saw the Nighthawks take a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth. There, the Bobcats rallied for four runs to tie, highlighted by an RBI single from designated player Lindley Bruce (Kennesaw) and a two-run single from second baseman Carlie Behan (Cumming) for the freshman's first career RBIs. In a first-and-third situation, Behan made a delayed steal attempt for second, got in a run-down and allowed the game's tying run to score before she was tagged out.

In the fifth, third baseman Haley Howell (Rochelle) broke the 4-4 tie with a two-run double to left center. An inning later, she supplied insurance with a two-run single.

Howell finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Bruce went 2-for-2 with a run and RBI, while centerfielder Darby Pinkard (Acworth) also had two hits and scored twice. Leftfielder Lindsey Puckett (Dunwoody) had two hits and a run scored as well.

Lawrence entered in relief in game two, throwing the final 5 1/3 innings for the win (8-7). She did allow six hits and three walks, tallying two earned runs.

In today's action Howell moved her season RBI total to 59, passing both Faith Flanders and Abi LeRoy into second in single-season efforts for GC Softball.

The win over No. 4 in the nation is the fourth win over a nationally-ranked team this season, added to wins over No. 1 University of Southern Indiana and a doubleheader sweep of No. 25 Newberry College.

The wins put Georgia College at 10-8 in PBC play, good for fifth in the league standings. With two more conference games to go, the Bobcats have clinched a playoff spot, and could finish as high as No. 5-seed.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, April 27 at 1 p.m., traveling to Augusta University.

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