MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (24-12, 10-2 PBC) completed a feat Friday they haven't done since 2007, sweeping a doubleheader from No. 2 University of North Georgia (27-9, 7-4 PBC). The Bobcats beat the Nighthawks by 5-4 and 7-3 scores.
The wins are the highest-ranked victories for the Bobcats during the seven-season Jamie Grodecki era, and the first wins for GC Softball this season over nationally-ranked opponents. The last time the Bobcats took down the No. 2 team in the country was Feb. 29, 2008 against Lock Haven University. North Georgia hasn't been swept in a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) doubleheader since the 2013 season. The wins put the Bobcats as the first to 10 victories in PBC play this year.
Game one featured a late rally from the Bobcats after it was all North Georgia early. A three-run home run from Kaylyn Anthony in the very first inning combined with some tough pitching from freshman Kylee Smith put the Bobcats in a 4-0 hole until the fifth inning.
Georgia College scratched a run across on a single from Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) in the fifth, plating Amber Coy (Warner Robins) who led with a walk. Then the floodgates opened in the sixth, when Faith Flanders (Dublin) rapped a two-run home run to dead center field after a Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill) single started the inning. Coy added a sacrifice fly to tie the game later in the frame, and Caroline Snider (Tennille) put the Bobcats ahead 5-4 with a single through the right side.
Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) got the three outs she needed in the top of the seventh to finish off the complete-game effort. Price (14-2) limited the damage all day long, allowing four runs on five hits and six walks. She fanned four Nighthawks.
Game two featured three big innings to tell the story. The first one went the way of the Bobcats, plating three in the first on a Baylee Hall (Hephzibah) sacrifice fly and a two-run double by Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill). North Georgia answered with three to tie in the third, but Georgia College would immediately respond.
After an out, Hall singled and Hannah Coursey walked. Coy then yanked a single through the left side to score Hall on a nifty slide, avoiding the tag at the plate. Snider kept it rolling with her own RBI single, followed by a Cassidy Rice (Du Quoin, Illinois) run-scoring single to take the 6-3 lead.
Hannah Coursey added another run her own single in the sixth, making the score the 7-3 final. Flanders was strong in the victory (6-2) allowing just two earned runs on six hits and just a single walk.
Bernstein, Holland Coursey and Hannah Coursey had two hits apiece, the latter of the three tallying three RBIs as well. Bernstein was the only multi-hit performer in both games of the doubleheader, going 4-for-7 with a run and an RBI for the two games.
At the halfway point of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) portion of the season, GC Softball is 10-2, positioned second in win percentage behind 9-1 Armstrong State University. The top eight teams advance to the PBC Tournament, hosted by Georgia College April 21-22.
The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m. against Young Harris College at the Peeler Complex.
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