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Softball Falls in two Straight to Bobcats

Softball Falls in two Straight to BobcatsSoftball

By Brandon Tester, Staff Writer

The UNCP softball team dropped both games of doubleheader against the No.8 Georgia College Bobcats at Peeler Complex in Milledgeville, Ga.

The Lady Braves lost the first contest 3-2 before an 11-5 defeat in the second game.

Game one

After erasing a two- run deficit in the fourth inning, UNCP was unable to overcome a comeback by the Bobcats en route to a 3-2 loss in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Bobcats opened up the scoring by driving in a runner in both the first and second innings.

Both runners reached base on walks.

The Black & Gold struck back in the third inning when freshman Taylor Gerhart scored on an error after reaching base on a fielder’s choice.

Senior Karlee Wilson helped complete the comeback with a home run in the top of the fourth inning.

The Bobcats responded immediately in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI triple that put the Lady Braves away for good.

Senior Brea Hartley and freshman Toni Nelson contributed two hits for UNCP.        

The Lady Braves outhit the Bobcats 8-7 for the game.

Junior Katie Saunders pitched for the Black and Gold, yielding two earned runs and fanning three over six innings in a losing effort.

Holland Coursey led Georgia College with two hits and an RBI.

Marisa Boyette allowed eight hits with three strikeouts for the Bobcats to pick up the win.

Game two

The Lady Braves were overpowered by an early attack from the Bobcats as they lost the series finale 11-5.

The Bobcats scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when leadoff hitter Kristen Brooks was driven in after being hit by a pitch. The Lady Braves answered in the top of the second inning when Toni Nelson, Morgan Davis and Karlee Wilson contributed runs.

The Bobcats took control of the game in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI double and a grand slam to take a 7-3 lead.

A pair of home runs in the third inning pushed the lead to 11-3.

Wilson brought the Black & Gold back to life with a leadoff home run in the fourth inning.

Taylor Gerhart followed by driving in Johnson on a double, but that was the last time UNCP scored.

Johnson and Wilson both went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Lady Braves. Jamie Johnson chipped in a pair of hits.

Selena Ashley yielded five hits and seven runs over two innings to pick up the loss for UNCP.

Photo by Stefanie Smith. Lexie Coxe throws the ball in from the outfield in a game earlier in the season.