YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – In a tournament that saw a multitude of schedule adjustments due to weather, the Georgia College Softball squad (15-8) finally got two games in at the Young Harris College Tournament Saturday, clubbing Benedict College (6-6) 17-0 before falling to Lenoir-Rhyne University (8-6) 5-3 in the second game.
Game one was offense aplenty, the Bobcats going for 17 runs on 13 hits and three Benedict errors. GC Softball plated seven runs each in the first and third innings.
The Bobcats got hits from eight of the nine slots in the order. Pitcher Ariel Edenfield (Dublin) went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs to help her own cause. First baseman McKenzie Michels (Lilburn) added her own two-hit game, driving in three and scoring once. Third baseman Jessie Barre (Pooler) added two more hits, two more RBIs and a run.
Catcher Haley Howell (Rochelle) was 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, while sophomore Sarah Couch (Madison) tallied two hits, three runs and two RBIs. Edenfield (2-0) got the win in three innings of work, fanning three and allowing two hits. She combined with freshman Rachel Wolverton (Valdosta) for the shutout.
Game two was a rematch from last year's NCAA Southeast Regional, with the Bears once again coming out on top. The Bobcats managed just five hits, but were in a 3-3 game after six, thanks to a Howell double that was followed by an error two batters later.
With the Bobcats looking to get three outs and come back to the plate for a chance at the win, the Bears took the lead on a solo home run from first baseman Mackensi Swain on the first pitch of the inning. An insurance run came in on a single later in the inning.
The Bobcats had the game-tying run on the basepaths with one out in the bottom half, but couldn't bring either runner in and fell 5-3.
The Bobcats are back in action Thursday, March 7 at 4 p.m., hosting Newberry College for Sea of Green Day.
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