PEMBROKE, N.C. – Powered by two home runs from senior Baylee Hall (Hepzibah, Georgia), the Georgia College Softball team (13-9, 2-0 PBC) started the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) season off on the right foot Saturday, topping UNC Pembroke (14-8, 0-2 PBC) twice on the road, 9-6 and 6-4.
Game one was a barn-burner, as the teams combined for 24 hits.
The Bobcats jumped in front with six runs in the first two innings, but UNCP battled right back for a 6-5 deficit after five. Two Bobcat runs in the sixth on a Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia) single and a run in the seventh on a Sutton Long (Milledgeville, Georgia) double pushed the lead out of reach.
Junior Becca Meade (Winder, Georgia) improved to 6-3 in the 4 2/3 innings of work, allowing five runs. Freshman Jessie Morris (Vidalia, Georgia) got the final seven outs for her first career save, surrendering just a single hit and walk for one run, fanning three.
Junior Caroline Snider (Tennille, Georgia) had a 3-for-5 game one, scoring three runs and swiping a bag. Hall was 2-for-4 with a home run in the second and a double, scoring twice. Freshman Haley Howell (Rochelle, Georgia) was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while sophomore Amber Coy (Warner Robins, Georgia) also had two hits, an RBI and a run. Senior Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia) also had two hits and a run.
Hall's second home run of the day sparked the scoring in the third, a two run blast to left for her second home run of the day, and the season. Game two was decided late, when Hannah Coursey provided the go-ahead two-run double in the sixth, taking to the plate in a 3-3 game.
Hall finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs, and freshman Caitlyn Davis (Kathleen, Georgia) added two hits of her own, scoring once and driving in another.
Morris picked up her first collegiate victory in relief in game two (1-0), going 3 1/3 strong innings, scattering four hits and a walk for just a single run. She struck out four. She set down the final four in order, including two strikeouts in the seventh.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, March 13 at 4 p.m., playing host to Claflin University.
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