by Josh Tanner, sports information student
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On a cold Friday night in North Alabama, the Georgia College softball team (3-3) split back-to-back games against Union University (3-3) and former Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe University of Montevallo (4-1) in the annual Charger Chillout at the Metro Kiwani Sportsplex in Huntsville.
The Bobcats handily took game one of the doubleheader with a 13-5 victory over Union courtesy of a whopping six RBIs from Caroline Snider (Tennille, Georgia). The senior outfielder went 3-for-4 in the first game of the night. Snider broke the game open in the second inning with a bases-loaded triple, giving the Bobcats an early 6-1 lead. Georgia College would cruise to a run-rule shortened victory in six innings.
Another hitting star was catcher Haley Howell (Rochelle, Georgia), going 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a triple. Shortstop Amber Coy (Warner Robins, Georgia) added a 2-for-4 game with two RBIs and two runs. Second baseman Ariel Edenfield (Dublin, Georgia) had three hits and third baseman Jesse Barre (Pooler, Georgia) added a pair.
Sophomore righty Jessie Morris (Vidalia, Georgia) was the beneficiary of the run surge, going all six innings with four earned runs and six strikeouts. Morris improves to 2-1 with the win.
It was a different story in game two as the Bobcat bats were silenced by Montevallo's Abbey Pratt who allowed just one unearned run over the first five innings. Georgia College would attempt to mount a comeback in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a Snider double, but would ultimately fall short, dropping game two by a final of 5-2.
Freshman leftfielder Lindsey Puckett (Dunwoody, Georgia) drove in a run with a single in the second. Sophomore Rebecca Lawrence (Vidalia, Georgia) took the loss (1-2) in 3 1/3 innings of work, striking out eight, but allowing two unearned runs.
Georgia College is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 9 as they battle the University of West Alabama and Bellarmine University in a doubleheader starting at noon eastern (11 a.m. central).
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