by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball squad (13-11) split a pair of tight ones against Tusculum College (16-9) at the Peeler Complex Wednesday night, losing 2-1 in the first and winning 2-1 in the second.
In game one the Pioneers used small ball and timely hitting to strike first taking a 1-0 lead. After Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) reached second on an error by the left fielder, senior Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) drove her in with a single to right field. Tusculum struck again with a two-out hit by Kaytlin Stroinski in the third to take the 2-1 advantage.
Burnett finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Natalie Bellantoni (Oviedo, Fla.) and Alex Duvall (Douglas, Ga.) both added one hit apiece. Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.) (5-3) pitched another great game for the 'Cats scattering two hits over seven innings, only allowing two earned runs and fanning five.
In game two both teams were held scoreless until the bottom of the third when Burnett hit a towering two-run shot to left field putting the Bobcats ahead. Burnett got into trouble in the fourth when she walked two batters and then gave up a single that scored Stroinski. Erica Bell (Fayetteville, Ga.) came in for damage control and recorded a 1-2-3 inning. The freshman threw four innings picking up the win (3-1), surrendering no hits and striking out six.
Burnett finished 4-for-6 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored. She is currently fourth on the all-time home run list with 21, four behind Keidra Baitey (2006-07) for sole possession of first place.
Okvist stole three bags Wednesday night and is a perfect 31-of-31 on the base paths this season, putting her second on the single-season record list, one behind Leigh Jacobs (1995-1998). She has a combined 55 stolen bases in her first two seasons placing her third on the all-time list and just six behind Aundrea Baker (2003-2006) for sole possession of second place.
GC softball continues this long homestand hosting Lynn University Thursday, March 8 in a doubleheader set to start at 3 p.m.
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