The Georgia Military College Bulldogs Softball team traveled to USC Salkehatchie on Thursday and brought home two big wins over the Indians to improve their record to 5-4 on the year. They exploded for 30 hits and 26 runs in the two-game sweep. Sophomores Mckenzie Graves, Brianna Painter, Freshman Makensey Sapp, and Mackenzie Kilpatrick picked up six hits and Mckenzie Graves was named GCAA Player of the week.
In game one, the Bulldogs jumped to a 4-2 lead in the first inning. The Indians closed the gap in the 3rd, but a four-run 4th inning shut the door for good. Mckenzie Graves (3 for 3, 3 RBI's), Brianna Painter (4 for 5, 3 RBI's), and Makensey Sapp (4 for 5, 2 runs scored) led the way at the plate, as eight GMC hitters connected for 17 hits. Jana Shellhorse earned the win with five strikeouts over six innings.
In game two, the Bulldogs fell behind early and were staring at a 3-0 deficit heading into the 4th inning. They picked up two runs in the 4th to close the gap to 3-2, and in the 5th, they found their groove. The Bulldogs outscored the Indians 13-4 in the final three innings for the 15-7 win. Mckenzie Graves (3 for 4, 3 RBI's), Brianna Painter (2 for 4, 1 RBI's), and Makensey Sapp (2 or 4, 3 runs) led the way at the plate, joined by sophomore Jessica Owens (2-2, 3 RBI's), who the Indians pitched around most of the day. Mackenzie Kilpatrick and Jessica Owens both hit home runs, earning Kilpatrick her first collegiate homerun. Beth Eddins started in the circle and went five innings, getting three strikeouts. Layla Barron joined the mound and held the Indians scoreless in the final two innings.
Coach Bunn commented, "this was a good bounce back from the sting of last weekend's games. Our bats really carried us throughout the doubleheader. They were truly two team wins as everyone contributed in some way."
The Bulldogs are back at home against Brewton Parker on February 17 at 3pm and 5pm.