The East Georgia State College Lady Bobcat softball team began conference play for the 2022 spring season by sweeping the defending GCAA Champions Georgia Military College (GMC) Bulldogs.
In Game 1, the Lady Bobcats took an early 2–0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Ashleigh Miles hit a single that scored Bailey Davis and Sierra Taylor to give the Bobcats the lead through four innings of play.
The Lady Bulldogs responded in the fifth inning when two East Georgia errors led to a tied game at 2–2. The Lady Bobcats responded in the bottom of the sixth inning when Alexis McQuaig hit a double to score Summer Alexander to give the Bobcats the lead at 3–2. That’s all it took as East Georgia’s pitcher, Britney Foster, held off GMC and gave the Lady Bobcats the victory.
Game 2 was a pitcher’s duel as Cierra Kinlaw, Mattie Cash, and Ashleigh Miles would combine to allow just 1 run to the Lady Bulldogs with Miles getting the win in the end. Miles hit a solo home run in the third inning, and that held through the fifth inning when GMC scored their only run of the contest on back-to-back doubles.
The game remained tied through seven complete innings of play leading to extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, the Lady Bobcat defense stepped up and held GMC to no runs.
With the score tied, EGSC broke the Lady Bulldogs’ hearts in the bottom of the eighth inning when Taylor scored from third base on a line drive by Summer Alexander to give East Georgia the sweep of the Lady Bulldogs to begin conference play in the GCAA.
Foster led the day for all pitchers with 10 strikeouts in Game 1.
Kinlaw had five strikeouts in four innings of work. Miles struck out four batters in 2.1 innings of work to get the win.
“We played with a lot of heart and passion today. From our dugout to our starters on the field, we were all in today,” Lady Bobcats’ head coach, Chuck Wimberly, stated after the sweep of GMC. “We pitched well and played incredible defense behind our pitchers, and, more importantly, we were able to get timely hits at the plate to give us the sweep of GMC. This is probably the best opening series victories in the history of our softball program in 12 years. You cannot win the whole thing at the beginning of conference play, but you can lose the whole thing by not getting out the gates early and playing well.”