MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (27-10, 7-1 PBC) took a pair of games from Francis Marion University (23-14, 2-6 PBC) Saturday afternoon in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action at the Peeler Complex, winning 8-6 and 2-1.
Game one featured a tight 2-1 contest through six innings, before the Bobcats exploded for a pair of runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to jump out to an 8-1 lead.
Francis Marion responded in the next frame, evening the ball game at one-all, aided by a Bobcat error earlier in the inning. However, a Sarah Couch (Madison) single regained the lead for Georgia College in the home half.
Jessie Barre (Pooler) had the hot bat for the Bobcats, driving in a career-high four runs on a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Couch and Puckett also finished tied for the team lead with a pair of hits each.
With an 8-1 lead heading into the top half of the seventh, the Patriots put on the rally caps. A combination of walks and a pair of singles tightened the game to 8-6 with the bases loaded. Rebecca Lawrence (Vidalia), who previously entered in relief, secured the final out in a pressure situation to pick up her second save of the season.
Lawrence combined with Kayla Price (Indianland, South Carolina), Rachel Wolverton (Valdosta), and Danielle Rubin (Canton) on the mound, fanning a total of nine Patriot hitters. Price picked up the win, her sixth of the season, The Bobcat senior pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing just a single run while striking out four.
Game two saw both offenses cool off, as each starting pitcher spanned the complete game.
Lawrence spun the ball masterfully, throwing a no hitter until the seventh inning. Over the course of the game, she struck out five while only allowing a single run on three hits, all surrendered in the top of the final frame. She improved her season record to 7-5.
The Bobcats opened the scoring in the fourth, manufacturing a run with perfect execution. Couch led off the inning with a single and a steal. Amber Coy (Warner Robins) moved Couch over to third with a sacrifice bunt down the third base line. A fielding error by the shortstop brought Couch around to score.
With the game tied at one-all in the bottom of the seventh, Ariel Edenfield (Dublin) proved to be the hero. A blast over the left field fence walked off the game for Georgia College, securing the two-game sweep of Francis Marion.
With the win, the Bobcat women extend their impressive winning streak to 10 games and improve to 16-4 at the Peeler Complex. They look to extend the streak Tuesday, April 2 when they host a non-conference doubleheader with Emmanuel College (Ga.) beginning at 4 p.m.
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