Bobcats sweep USC Aiken on Senior Day
The Bobcats got the scoring started in game one, plating a run in the second inning on a Baylee Hall (Hephzibah) triple to right center. Fellow freshman Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill) scored on the play after leading off the inning on a hit by pitch.
The Pacers answered back in the fourth, tying the game at one apiece. It did not take long for Georgia College to reclaim the lead, doing so in the bottom of the inning. It was Hannah Coursey scoring again, this time on a Kristen Brooks (Brunswick) single.
Just an inning later, the Bobcats added another tally when junior Abi LeRoy (Dublin) scored on a Lacey Najafi (Suwanee) groundout.
USC Aiken would get one more run in the top of the sixth, but that was all they could scratch across as Bobcat pitcher Marisa Boyette (Marietta) shut the door. The junior tossed her 22nd complete game and notched her 20th win of the season. She surrendered just one earned run and struck out four. Boyette is the first Bobcat pitcher to record a 20-win season since Mandy Chandler won 27 games in 2009.
The second game of the doubleheader was not near as stressful for the Bobcats as the first, scoring eight runs in the first two innings on the way to a 9-0 run-rule victory in five innings.
The first inning was the biggest for Georgia College as they plated six runs on three hits with the help of two Pacer miscues. The Bobcats sent all nine batters to plate in the inning.
LeRoy’s single scored the first run of the game, plating Brooks. The RBI for LeRoy was the 131st of the junior’s career, tying her with Heather Jones for first in the Bobcat record book for most career RBI.
Georgia College scored two more runs in the second and then added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth.
The top three hitters in the Bobcat order, Brooks, Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) and LeRoy went a combined 8-for-9 in game two with six runs scored.
Sophomore Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tennessee) took full advantage of the run support her offense gave her, throwing her fifth shutout of the season. The righty allowed just four hits and sat down two batters via strikeout. The win moves her record to 17-4 on the season.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, April 18 when they host Young Harris College at the Peeler Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.