GC Softball Splits with PBC-Leader #17 Armstrong State

Sophomore pitcher Kayla Price
Sophomore pitcher Kayla Price

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (30-16, 16-6 PBC) picked up its 30th win of the season Tuesday in splitting with Peach Belt Conference (PBC) leader and national No. 17 Armstrong State University (27-10, 17-5 PBC). The Bobcats won game one 4-3 before falling in the second contest 9-3, GC Softball getting its third nationally-ranked win of the month.

The Bobcats have now reached 30 wins in every season since 2013.

Game one was a tight contest, with a three-run fifth providing the edge Georgia College would need.

The Bobcats broke the scoreless tie in the top of the second, when a throwing error allowed junior Baylee Hall (Hephzibah) to cross the plate. In the bottom of the third the Pirates broke through in a big way, as Autumn Parrish doubled with the bases loaded to plate three runs and give ASU a 3-1 advantage.

The Bobcats got back in front for good in the fifth. Senior Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) brought in the first run in the form of pinch runner Nicole Humphries (Columbus) on a squeeze play. Next, junior Deja Lester (Jacksonville) lifted a sacrifice fly to tie the game, then a single from senior Faith Flanders (Dublin) gave Georgia College the game-winner, scoring Bernstein.  

Righthander Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) stranded five total runners in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to help preserve the win. Price went the distance (18-4), allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks while fanning four.

Game two was decided by a crucial fifth-inning outburst. With the teams tied 1-1, Lester singled to bring in two runs, putting all momentum in Georgia College's favor. Needing just nine outs to sweep the PBC leaders and defending Southeast Region Champions, Armstrong State instead answered in a big way in the bottom of the fifth, scoring seven runs on six hits to pull away 9-3.

Bernstein finished game two 3-for-3 with a run, while Lester added two hits and two RBIs. Third baseman Amber Coy (Warner Robins) added two hits of her own and a run scored.

The win puts Georgia College at 16-6 in PBC play, good for third in the league standings. The Bobcats are just two games behind PBC leader No. 12 University of North Georgia in the loss column. GC Softball has two games left, and the Nighthawks have five. The Bobcats have clinched a PBC Tournament spot, and can finish no lower than seventh, depending on how the remainder of the regular season finishes out.

The Bobcats are back in action for the final regular-season contests Friday, April 14 at 3 p.m., traveling to Flagler College.

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