GC Softball Drops Two on Opening Day to Carson-Newman, 9-0 and 9-7

Freshman Ariel Edenfield
Freshman Ariel Edenfield

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball squad (0-2) came up empty in two tries Saturday against Carson-Newman University (4-0) in a rematch from the 2018 NCAA Southeast Regionals. C-N took the first game 9-0 and the second 9-7.

Game one was a tight one until the sixth. The Bobcats were down 1-0, then Carson-Newman exploded for a pair of four-run innings to seal the win in the opener. Allison Rager improved to 3-0 by tossing five innings of the shutout, and swatted a home run for her lone hit in four trips.

For the Bobcats, freshman Hannah Rogers (Marietta) was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in her first collegiate action. 2018 All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) selection Jessie Morris (Vidalia) took the loss (0-1) in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Game two was a bit of back-and-forth from the two teams. The Bobcats plated a pair in the very first inning thanks to back-to-back RBI doubles from catcher Haley Howell (Rochelle) and Rogers.

GC Softball stretched the lead to 5-0 with a three-run second. Shortstop Amber Coy (Warner Robins) drove in all three runs with a bases-loaded double to right center.

The Eagles then responded scoring all nine of their runs in the third through the fifth. A home run from Haley Caldwell put the Eagles in front for good.

Down 9-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh, the Bobcats made things interesting. Freshman Ariel Edenfield (Dublin) couldn't have picked a better time for her first career home run, smashing a two-run shot to left center. The Bobcats had the go-ahead run at the plate when the final out came.

Edenfield finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Howell smacked two doubles in three trips, driving in one and scoring once. 2018 All-Region choice Caroline Snider (Tennille) and 2018 All-PBC pick Sarah Couch (Madison) each had two hits and a run.

Sophomore lefty Rebecca Lawrence (Vidalia) pulled in the loss (0-1) throwing a pair of innings in relief.

The Bobcats close out the 2019 Bobcat Kickoff Tournament tomorrow, Feb. 3 at noon, playing host to the Albany State University (0-2). The Golden Rams most recently lost a pair to No. 13 Young Harris College today.

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