Friday, March 2, 2012


Late comebacks in both games fall short in sweep against Bobcats

Milledgeville, Ga. - Emily Boykin drove RBI doubles in sparking Brevard comebacks in both contests, but Georgia College & State built early advantages in each contest to hold off the Tornados in recording 7-3 and 6-5 victories.

Brittany Tucker drove in three runs in the second contest, while Chelsi Mallory, Ally Davenport, Meredith Davenport and Brittany Jones all had multiple hits as the Tornados fall to 7-7 on the season. Whitney Okvist recorded hits in each of her first six at-bats to pace the Bobcats (12-10) offense as GCSU recorded the sweep over Brevard.

Game One: GCSU 7, Brevard 3
Box Score

Emily Boykin and Brittany Jones led a Brevard comeback in the top of the sixth, but the Bobcats did their damage early in the contest in holding on for the 7-3 victory in the first game of the doubleheader.

Kayla Clemens (5-3) took the loss in the contest, going the distance against GCSU, while Sabrina Chandler (5-2) recorded the win, scattering six hits in the victory.

GCSU got on the board early in the contest as Whitney Okvist opened the bottom of the first inning with a double in the left centerfield gap, and Natalie Bellantoni followed with a base hit scoring Okvist for the first run of the contest. The Bobcats built a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Caitlin Duvall brought in Mikayla Sparks with a base hit and Michl’le Hull scored Duvall with a two-out single to give the Bobcats the early advantage.

The Bobcats stretched their advantage to seven runs during the middle innings with Okvist doing the majority of the damage. The sophomore outfielder scored a run in the fourth and followed with a two-out single in the bottom of the fifth, capping the scoring for GCSU in the contest.

Brevard put their first run on the board in the top of the sixth, doing their damage in the inning with two outs. Boykin drove a double down the left field line, scoring Clemens from second base to put the Tornados on the scoreboard. She advanced to third on a passed ball, and following a walk issued to Maddie Fletcher, Jones rifled a single into right field scoring Boykin to put the score at 7-2.

The Tornados added another run in the top of the seventh off reliever Erica Bell as Meredith Davenport led off the frame by being hit by a pitch. Two wild pitches moved Davenport over to third base, and the sophomore outfielder came around to score on two-out wild pitch from Bell to cut the lead to 7-3. Clemens followed by drawing a full-count walk and Brittany Tucker hit a double to left centerfield as the Tornados threatened to keep the comeback attempt alive, but Bell retired the final BC batter to end the contest with the victory for the home team.

Game Two: GCSU 6, Brevard 5
Box Score

Brittany Tucker drove in three runs to pace the Brevard offense in the nightcap of the doubleheader, but again an early Bobcats lead held up as the Tornados comeback fell short in the top of the seventh in falling 6-5.

Alyssa Miller (2-4) went the distance in receiving the loss, while Haley Burnett (5-4) recorded the victory for the Bobcats.

Walks plagued the Tornados in the bottom of the first inning as GCSU put across three runs in the frame to take the early lead. Burnett drew a bases loaded walk to score Okvist for the first run of the contest, while Shahlisa Shirley and Lindsey Conway hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to score two more in the early going.

Brevard cut into the lead in the top of the third inning, putting a crooked number up on the board as Ally and Meredith Davenport both reached base to start the frame. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position and the Tornados eventually loaded the bases with two outs. Tucker brought home Meredith and Chelsi Mallory with a single to straightaway centerfield to put the score at 3-2.

The Bobcats put across another run in the bottom half of the inning as Okvist continued to swing a hot bat in the contest, recording her sixth hit on the day with a base hit to left field, scoring Conway to double the GCSU lead.

The Tornados swapped runs in the sixth inning as Ally Davenport brought home Boykin with a single to left field to cut the lead back to 4-3, but the Bobcats answered with a pair in the bottom half of the inning to give Burnett several insurance runs. Burnett gave herself the first run, doubling home Bellantoni, while Alex Duvall singled her in later in the frame to put GCSU up 6-3 heading into Brevard’s final at-bat.

A final rally gave the Tornados a chance to push the game into extra innings as Tucker brought home Fowler on a sacrifice bunt for the first run in the inning, while Boykin recorded her second double on the day scoring Mallory with two outs to put the Tornados in position to tie the game. However, Burnett was able to retire the side to close out the GCSU sweep.

Brevard remains on the road as they travel to Florence, S.C. to take on West Alabama in a doubleheader hosted at Francis Marion University. First pitch between the Tornados and the Tigers is set for noon.