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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – No. 5-seed Georgia College Softball (34-18) came up short in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Quarterfinals Friday, falling 7-2 to No. 4-seed Flagler College (31-22).
The Saints move on to face No. 1-seed University of North Georgia tomorrow, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. The Bobcats' season has come to a close.
Georgia College started the evening with a bang, despite first pitch coming roughly four hours later than scheduled due to rain delays and earlier quarterfinals going long.
All-PBC Second Teamer Sarah Couch (Madison) took a 2-1 pitch down the leftfield line to start the game, finally halting at third base. A safety squeeze from shortstop Amber Coy (Warner Robins) put Georgia College up 1-0.
Coy then stole second, took third on a flyout and was driven home with a single from leftfielder Lindsey Puckett (Dunwoody) to double the lead.
Flagler evened the game in the bottom of the first, however, both runs coming in on a single from Morgan Murphy. Flagler got two runs in the third and three more in the sixth to push away.
The Bobcats couldn't solve the riddle of Kyra Gipson (19-10) as the Saint hurler beat Georgia College for the third time this season. She scattered four hits for the two first-inning runs and fanned five.
Bobcat starter Rebecca Lawrence (Vidalia) took the loss, falling to 8-8 in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Puckett was the lone Bobcat to tally multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with the RBI and a stolen base.
The loss brings a close to the 2019 season for Bobcat Softball, a year in which they went 34-18, reaching as high as No. 20 in the nation. The Bobcats enjoyed a 14-game win streak, putting Couch on the All-PBC Team and Coy bringing in her first Elite-15 Award.
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