Bobcat softball sweeps PBC foe Columbus State

COLUMBUS, Ga. (GC ATHLETICS) – The Georgia College softball team (28-4, 7-1 PBC) swept its third-straight series and 11th total Wednesday, taking down the Cougars of Columbus State University (17-13, 3-3 PBC) by scores of 4-3 and then 9-6.

Both games were nail biters, the first a one-run contest and the second taking an extra inning for the Bobcats to pull out their seventh-straight win.

Georgia College jumped out to an early lead in game one, plating two in the top of the second inning. Following a Lacey Najafi (Suwanee) hit-by-pitch, senior Kristen Humphries (Columbus) deposited a pitch over the right-center field wall for her second home run of the season and a 2-0 Bobcat lead.

The ‘Cats would add to their lead in the third inning on a Taylor Campbell (Warner Robins) single, scoring Kristen Brooks (Brunswick). The lead would become 4-0 in the fourth when Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) brought home Humphries on another RBI single.

Those four runs would be just enough for pitcher Marisa Boyette (Marietta) who surrendered three of her own, one apiece in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The win was the junior’s 15th of the season and she tossed her 15th complete game. She allowed 10 hits and struck out two Cougars. Her season ERA is now at 1.50.

Game two would see the Bobcats get down early, as Columbus State plated a run in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI double. Georgia College would not stay down long, scoring two runs of their own in the second on a Brooks single and a Bernstein sacrifice fly. The Cougars answered right back in their half of the inning, tying the game at two.

The game would remain tied until the top of the fifth when the homecoming for Humphries got even sweeter. With two runners on and two outs, Humphries blasted her second home run of the day and third of the season, giving the Bobcats a 5-2 lead.

Junior Abi LeRoy (Dublin) got in on the action in the sixth, bringing home Bernstein on a RBI single, pushing the lead to 6-2.

The Cougars would not go quietly in game two, scoring one run in the sixth and then another three in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. The Bobcats were one out away from a victory in the seventh before Kia Smith doubled, bringing home three unearned runs to send the game to extras.

The Bobcats did not let the momentum swing affect them, coming out swinging in extra innings. With the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth, LeRoy reached on a fielder’s choice, plating freshman Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill) for a 7-6 lead. Georgia College wasn’t content with the one run lead, scoring two more in the eighth. After Brooks scored on a wild pitch, Campbell brought home LeRoy on a single to left field.

The bottom of the eighth was no walk in the park, as the Cougars got two on with two out before Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tennessee) finally closed the door on the Bobcats’ 28th win of the season. Lewis allowed three earned runs on 14 hits, while striking out two batters. The win moves her to 12-3 on the season with a 2.14 ERA.

Georgia College is back in action Sunday, March 22 when they travel to Albany to take on the Golden Rams of Albany State University. The Bobcats swept the first series of the season with the Golden Rams, 8-1 and 4-2 Feb. 8 in

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