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VIERA, Fla. – With a run-rule victory and a tight loss to a nationally-ranked squad, the Georgia College Softball team (13-8) finished off the Florida Tech Invitational Sunday, beating Barry University (8-12) 11-2 and falling to No. 14 Florida Tech (15-2) 6-5.
Game one featured the offense, led by rightfielder Sarah Couch (Madison, Georgia) going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, a stolen base and a run. The Bobcats took advantage of eight walks and a Barry error combined with nine singles for the 11 runs.
Junior Danielle Rubin (Canton, Georgia) tossed a gem, allowing a single earned run over the full five innings. She scattered just two hits and one walk, fanning three to get her first decision of the year.
Game two was close, the Bobcats having the go-ahead run in scoring position in the top of the seventh.
Freshman Ariel Edenfield (Dublin, Georgia) was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. Classmate Jessie Barre (Pooler, Georgia) had two hits in three trips with two runs scored. Righty Jessie Morris (Vidalia, Georgia) took the loss, falling to 5-3.
Down 6-2 heading into the seventh, the Bobcats clawed back and nearly took over. After an out, Barre, Edenfield and Caroline Snider (Tennille, Georgia) had back-to-back singles to load them up. Couch then added an infield single to plate a run.
After another out, Haley Howell (Rochelle, Georgia) ripped a two-run single to left, putting runners on the corners. Howell then stole second, making her the go-ahead run. The rally stalled there, as the Bobcats couldn't pull off the upset.
GC Softball is now 1-1 against nationally-ranked competition this season, including a win over Defending National Champion University of Southern Indiana.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m. traveling to the Young Harris Tournament to take on Benedict College.
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