No. 17 Bobcat softball sweeps Carson-Newman
The Bobcats wasted no time gaining momentum, plating four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Abi LeRoy (Dublin) kicked things off with a RBI triple, bringing home Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill) who reached on a fielder’s choice. LeRoy crossed the plate on an Eagle error to give the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead. Hot-hitting Lacey Najafi (Suwanee) stepped to the plate with a runner on and blasted her sixth home run of the season, pushing the lead to 4-0.
Georgia College was not done scoring after the first, picking right back up where they left off for the second frame. After Holland Coursey reached on another fielder’s choice and stole second, LeRoy would bring her home again, this time on a double to right field. Taylor Campbell (Warner Robins) would follow with a RBI single, scoring LeRoy and extending the lead to 6-0. LeRoy finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Her 29 RBI this year is best in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
Those six runs would be enough for junior Marisa Boyette (Marietta) in the circle, as she tossed her 14th complete game of the season in her 13th victory. Those 13 wins are first in the league. She surrendered three runs, two of those earned. The right-hander struck out seven Eagles, only walking one.
Carson-Newman would be first to score in game two, drawing a bases-loaded walk in the first inning. Pitcher Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tennessee) would settle down after that, not allowing another run for the remainder of the ballgame. She notched her 12th complete game, with six strikeouts and two walks.
The Bobcats would score all four of their runs in the bottom of the second. After a fly out to begin the inning, Najafi would connect with a ball for her second home run of the day, tying the game at one. A groundout would be the second out of the inning, but Georgia College did not go away with two outs. Sophomore Faith Flanders (Dublin) singled followed by a Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill) base on balls. Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) would then reach on a bunt single with Coursey scoring on the play aided by a Eagle error. Kristen Brooks (Brunswick) capped off the inning with a two-RBI single, plating Bernstein and Hannah Coursey.
Neither team would threaten again until the top of the seventh when Carson-Newman loaded the bases with two outs. However, Lewis would come through with a clutch strikeout to end the game and give the Bobcats their 24th victory.
Georgia College is back in action Saturday, March 14 when they travel to St. Augustine, Fla. to take on the Flagler Saints in a PBC doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.