MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (36-14) picked up a pair of wins in its final non-conference action Wednesday, controlling Albany State University (14-30) 4-1 and 9-1 at the Peeler Complex.
Third baseman Kristen Brooks (Brunswick) swatted a first-inning three-run shot to get the scoring started, and that would prove to be enough in game one. Freshman Brooke Taylor (Powder Springs) tossed five scoreless innings, scattering just a pair of hits and a walk for the win (6-1) fanning three. Senior Marisa Boyette (Marietta) threw the final two frames, striking out three as well, but giving up a solo home run.
After two quick outs in the bottom of the first, an error and a Lacey Najafi (Suwanee) single put two on with two out. Brooks responded with the three-run shot to center, putting the Bobcats up 3-1. The Bobcats tacked on insurance in the fifth on another Najafi single, this time plating Abi LeRoy (Dublin), who led with a single of her own, then stole second.
Najafi finished 2-for-3, the lone multi-hit performer for game one.
Game two was tight until the bottom of the fourth, when the Bobcats took a tie game to a 4-1 score by taking advantage of some ASU fielding issues. An error put designated player Julia Tindall (Brunswick) on board, and after an out, pinch hitter Emily Robertson (Dacula) smacked a double off the wall. With runners on second and third and one down, rightfielder Caroline Snider (Tennille) singled up the middle to score one. In a first-and-third steal situation, the return throw from second base went wild, allowing both runners to score to cap the inning.
The Bobcats didn't stop there, adding five more in the fifth to finish the game by run-rule, taking advantage of two more Golden Ram errors as well as four hits. The big blow was another double from Robertson, this time scoring two Bobcat runs. Two more came through on a Snider single, while it was LeRoy's RBI single that finished the game.
Righty Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tennessee) was nearly perfect in the circle, allowing just two hits, a Toni Coleman home run in the fourth, and a Brishante Weaver single in the sixth. Lewis fanned five and didn't walk a batter, improving to 19-7.
Robertson finished 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs. Snider was 2-for-3 with a run and three driven in, while LeRoy added two more hits in four trips, a run and the game clinching RBI.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m., traveling to Lander University.
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