No. 17 Bobcat softball sweeps first PBC series of season

AMERICUS, Ga. (GC ATHLETICS) – The Georgia College softball team (19-3, 2-0 PBC) was delayed twice due to weather Thursday but that did not halt their momentum, as they swept Georgia Southwestern State University (7-9, 0-2 PBC) 5-2 and 4-2 in both teams’ first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series of the season.

The Bobcats’ winning streak is now at 10, the longest such streak since they won 14 straight contests in 2008. Head coach Jamie Grodecki is now 7-3 in PBC season openers and 9-1 against the Hurricanes in her career, including wins in nine straight.

Georgia College wasted no time heating up after the delay, scoring two runs in the first inning of game one. After junior Kristen Brooks (Brunswick) led off the game with a hit by pitch and freshman Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill) walked, junior Abi LeRoy (Dublin) singled through the right side to plate Brooks. LeRoy would come home on an error later in the inning.

LeRoy stayed hot in her next at bat, doubling to center to lead off the third. The Bobcat second baseman scored on a Lacey Najafi (Suwanee) bunt to push the lead to 3-0. Georgia Southwestern would pull within one run on a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning.

Looking to stay perfect, LeRoy stepped to the plate in the top of the fifth with one out and a 3-2 Bobcat lead. She came through with her first home run of the season, a blast to right center, to push the margin to 4-2. LeRoy went 3-for-3 in game one with two RBI, three runs scored and a walk. The Bobcats would tack on an insurance run in the seventh, when Brooks scampered home on a wild pitch.

The five runs were plenty for junior Marisa Boyette (Marietta) as she tossed her 11th complete game in 11 starts this season. She allowed two runs on five hits, both runs coming home on the third inning round tripper. Boyette struck out 10 Hurricane batters and now has 87 on the season. The win was her 11th, the most in the PBC.

It took a little late-inning magic for the Bobcats to move their winning streak to 10 in game two, scoring two runs in the seventh to pull out the victory.

Junior Kristen Humphries (Columbus) got the ‘Cats on the board in the fourth with a solo home run, her first of the season. Coming off the bench in the fifth, freshman Tatiana Nettles (Atlanta) ripped a RBI double to left, plating LeRoy and giving Georgia College a 2-0 lead.

The Hurricanes wasted no time doing some damage of their own, tying the game in the bottom of the fifth on a two RBI double. The game would remain tied until the seventh inning when Nettles stepped to the dish. She knocked her second RBI double of the game into left field, bringing home Brooks who had reached on a hit by pitch. Najafi would make it back-to-back doubles, plating LeRoy after she had been walked earlier in the inning. Nettles was a perfect 2-for-2 in the game and is now 5-for-5 this season, all coming as a pinch hitter.

Sophomore Carly Lewis (Seymour, Tennessee) shut down the Hurricanes in the bottom of the seventh, striking out two and getting the final out on a ground ball. Her performance was her 10th complete game effort of the season. The righty struck out seven batters and surrendered just two runs on four hits.

Georgia College is back in action Saturday, March 7 when Fort Valley State University comes to Milledgeville for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

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