GC Softball Splits Two Walk-offs at Charger Chillout

Sophomore pitcher Jessie Morris
Sophomore pitcher Jessie Morris

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Day two looked a lot like day one for the Georgia College softball team (4-4), who again split two tight games Saturday at the Charger Chillout at the Kiwanis Sportsplex in Huntsville. Both games were won in walk-off fashion, as the Bobcats lost to the University of West Alabama (4-4) 8-7 in eight innings, and then beat Bellarmine University (2-3) 4-3.

In what began as a parade of defensive miscues and unearned runs for both squads, it was a display of timely offense that propelled the University of West Alabama past Georgia College in the extra innings of game one. The Bobcats would find themselves in an early hole, trailing by three before plating their first two runs in the fifth, courtesy of an Amber Coy (Warner Robins, Georgia) single and fielding error.

Senior Caroline Snider (Tennille, Georgia) remained red hot in game one, helping lead the Bobcat comeback in the seventh. Snider plated two on a triple to left field before a Haley Howell (Rochelle, Georgia) single brought home the tying run. The offensive explosion wouldn't carry over into extras however, as the Bobcat bats went silent in the eighth while West Alabama scored the winning run on an RBI single from the Tigers' Fulford, taking the contest by a final of 8-7.

Senior Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) took the loss (0-1) in 6 1/3 innings of work, allowing four earned runs.

Game two started as a story of masterful pitching by the Bobcats' Jessie Morris (Vidalia, Georgia). Morris held Bellarmine University scoreless with only seven hits through six complete innings, allowing only weak contact, before Bellarmine unloaded for three runs off a two-run triple in the top of the seventh and a go-ahead sacrifice fly, giving the Knights a 3-2 lead.

Georgia College had the final word however, as an Ariel Edenfield (Dublin, Georgia) double plated Snider and Lindsey Puckett (Dunwoody, Georgia), giving the Bobcats a hard fought 4-3 win in walk-off fashion.

Edenfield finished 2-for-4 with the two RBIs. Morris (3-1) tossed the complete-game win, finishing with nine hits and three runs, fanning four.

Georgia College is back in action on Sunday, Feb. 10 as they battle Ohio Dominican University and No. 1 University of Southern Indiana in a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. eastern (9 a.m. central).

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