MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 23 Georgia College Softball team (31-16, 9-7 PBC) fell twice in close matchups on the road versus Flagler College (29-20, 12-6 PBC) Thursday evening, as the Saints took both games of the doubleheader, 3-0 and 4-2.
Two first-inning runs and an additional score for support in the third proved to be too much for the Bobcats in Game 1, as stellar pitching stifled the Georgia College batters. The Bobcats managed just a single hit off of Kyra Gipson in the contest, as she spanned the complete game and allowed no runs while striking out five.
The lone hit for Georgia College came from freshman designated player Hannah Rogers (Marietta), who singled to right field in the top of the fifth inning but was caught stealing on the base paths. Sarah Couch (Madison) was the only teammate to reach, as she drew a walk.
Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) got the start in the circle, lasting 2 2/3 innings while giving up just one earned run and striking out three Flagler hitters. Two of the three total runs allowed by Price came from a pair of Bobcat errors early in the contest. Rachel Wolverton (Valdosta) came on to finish the game in relief, tossing the final 3 1/3 innings without giving up a run. Wolverton managed four strikeouts to only one hit allowed.
In game 2, Flagler once again jumped out to an early lead and held on to win the contest. The Saints plated runs in the first, third and sixth innings.
Georgia College managed to manufacture a single run in both the third and fourth innings to pull the game to within one run. A Wolverton double in the third set the stage for Couch's RBI single to left field to score the first Bobcat run of the day.
In the fourth, Haley Howell (Rochelle) blasted a solo shot over the center field wall, her third of the year. Howell finished the game 1-for-2 with the blast and a walk drawn.
Jessie Morris (Vidalia) threw the first two innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Rebecca Lawrence (Vidalia) came on to close the door in relief, motoring through four innings in relief. Lawrence allowed just a single unearned run in her stint, picking up one strikeout.
The Bobcats return home Friday, April 26 for their final home series of the season when they host #4 University of North Georgia at The Peeler Complex. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
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