HICKORY, N.C. –. The No. 20 Georgia College Softball Team (36-15) concluded their season with a 10-2 loss to No. 11 Lenoir-Rhyne University (43-9) in the NCAA Southeast Regional.
The Bears jumped out in front in the second inning. A double off the wall brought in the first Lenoir-Rhyne run of the game for a 1-0 advantage after two. They added on to that score line moments later with a two-run third.
The Bobcats answered in the next half inning. Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) pushed a single through the right side of the infield to bring in Caroline Snider (Tennille, Georgia) to bring the deficit down to two runs.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the Bears had an answer of their own. Lenoir-Rhyne extended the lead back to three in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double down the leftfield line. They didn't stop there, adding a pair of runs on another double down the line to make it 6-1, and a seventh run with an RBI single.
Once again Lenoir-Rhyne bettered the Bobcats, adding three runs in the bottom of the frame to enact the run-rule after six innings of play.
The Bobcats once again had a phenomenal season. Georgia College finished second in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) and placed five Bobcats on the All-PBC team. Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia) was awarded the PBC Elite 15 Award given to the player in the conference with highest GPA, becoming the first softball player in league history to earn that honor twice in a career. The Bobcats lose five seniors including Hayles, Coursey, Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia), Deja Lester (Jacksonville, Georgia), Shawnda Martin (Calhoun, Georgia) and Baylee Hall (Hepzibah, Georgia). The senior class ends their career as one of the winningest in Georgia College history, compiling 154 wins over their four years in the program.
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