YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (10-8) took the second of two games in a doubleheader with Wingate University (7-15) Sunday, splitting action at the YHC Classic, hosted by Young Harris College. The Bobcats dropped game one 4-2 and took the second contest 8-7.
Game one was a tight one, a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth providing the difference for Wingate.
Down 2-0 heading into the fourth, the Bobcats got even with a two-run blast from freshman Haley Howell (Rochelle), the first of her career. Wingate got two in the sixth to push ahead, and after getting the first two runners on in the seventh, the Georgia College rally stalled.
Junior Becca Meade (Winder) fell to 5-2 in the complete-game loss, allowing four earned runs over six innings of work.
Game two saw the Bobcats jump out in front, then hang on with white knuckles for the win. Georgia College plated all eight of its runs in the first two frames. Howell, Caroline Snider (Tennille) and Sutton Long (Milledgeville) each had run-scoring singles in the first, Snider's plating a pair.
Wingate got two in the second, four in the third, and drove in their seventh run on an infield single in the sixth. A flyout came for the third out of the sixth inning with the bases loaded. Freshman Rebecca Lawrence (Vidalia) tossed the final 4 2/3 innings to preserve the Bobcat win, allowing a single run on eight hits. She fanned four.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, March 7 at 4 p.m., playing host to Shorter University.
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