GMC Softball scored 21 runs and split a doubleheader with Spartanburg Methodist to improve their record to 9-8. Autumn Land went 3-6 and Kelley Bagarose was 3-8 with 2 Home Runs and 6 RBI's to lead the Bulldogs. Neely Bradford picked up her third win of the year and Caroline Hughes added to her conference-leading stolen base total with one steal on the weekend.
Game one started slow for the Bulldogs as the Pioneers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 2, but the Bulldogs came roaring back scoring four runs in the third. Caroline Hughes and Autumn Land reached on singles. Two errors and a walk put the Bulldogs on the board before Jessica Owens tied the game on a fielder's choice. The team played well in the field posting an error-free game but just could not get the bats working to close the gap, and fell 8-4 in the opener.
Game two was a battle of the bats as the teams combined for 25 runs. The Bulldogs jumped ahead early scoring 2 runs on 3 hits including an RBI double from Kelley Bagarose. The Pioneers answered putting 10 runs on the board in the first three innings to claim a 10-4 lead. The 4th inning was the calm before the storm as neither team scored. In the top of the 5th, the Bulldog bats came alive scoring 7 runs on 5 hits to take the lead. Kelly Bagarose got it started with a three-run homer. Caroline Hughes, Brianna Painter, Emily Dansby, and Autumn Land then picked up RBI singles. Neely Bradford shut the Pioneers down in the 5th and Bagarose got her second home run, a 2 run rocket to center field to extend the lead to 13-10. The Pioneers threatened but Neely Bradford closed them out-earning her 3rd victory of the year, 13-12 also earning Coach Ashley Bunn her 300th win.
The Bulldogs will be back in action Wednesday, February 26 as they will travel to Valdosta State and meet for a neutral site match up with St. Johns River College starting at 3:00 pm.