Lady Barons split GACC doubleheader against Lady 'Canes

The Brewton-Parker College Lady Barons split a pair of softball pitching duels at home Tuesday against Georgia Southwestern State University, with the Lady Barons winning the opener 2-1 before the nationally touted Lady 'Canes took a 2-1 win in the nightcap.

AFter just six conference games, the Lady Barons (16-4 overall, 4-2 conference) have already surpassed their GACC victory total of three from last season and also topped the team's 15 overall wins from 2002.

Junior right-hander Kelly Hamilton (4-2) won a hard-fought duel in the first game, allowing just one fifth-inning run. Lady Barons junior Jaime Murrant tied the score with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning, and senior Ali Furgala providing the winning run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

"Rachel Harper had a great bunt that put us in the position to score our first run," Brewton-Parker coach Jason Bryant said.

Senior pitcher Lyndsay Gomme (4-2) allowed the Lady 'Canes two unearned runs in the second game to take the pitching loss for Brewton-Parker.

"Both pitchers were phenomenal," Bryant said of Hamilton and Gomme. "With the way the strike zone was being called in the second game, Lyndsay did a tremendous job of keeping us in the game."

Senior Alissa Vogt had three hits and three stolen bases in the twin bill.

Georgia Southwestern entered the doubleheader just two points short of being in the first NAIA weekly national ratings.

"We are two runs from being 6-0 in the conference and being ranked nationally," Bryant said of the Lady Barons' vast improvements. "I feel we have dramatically improved, but we haven't gotten there yet."

Brewton-Parker's next action is Friday and Saturday in the Caruso's Classic at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega. The Lady Barons play North Greenville College (S.C.) at 3 p.m. Friday and Shorter College at 5 p.m. Friday before they take on North Greenville again Saturday at 10 a.m.

Brewton-Parker then travels to Jacksonville, Fla., on Tuesday to play Edward Waters College in two games and will next play at home March 28 with a GACC twin bill against North Georgia.

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Brewton-Parker College freshman third baseman April Meeks (No. 24) turns toward first base to complete a double play after she pulls in a pop bunt by Georgia Southwestern State University's Tricia Flowers during the first game of the teams' March 18 doubleheader on the Brewton-Parker campus in Mount Vernon. Brewton-Parker sophomore Aislyn MacLeod provides back-up on the play. (Photo by Terry Gaston)