Softball Drops a Pair to Georgia College

Softball Drops a Pair to Georgia College

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Box Score 1 | Box Score 2 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern University softball team (8-5) dropped a pair of games to the Georgia College Bobcats (15-3) Saturday at the AD Griffin Sports Complex. The Sharks lost the opening game of the doubleheader, 4-2, and were shutout in game two, 2-0.
 
GAME ONE
The Sharks produced offense early to take a lead on the Bobcats, scoring in the first and third innings. Lorena Spaulding (Sr., Pembroke Pines, Fla.) led off the game with a triple to left centerfield. Te Reo Powhiri Matautia (Jr., Auckland, New Zealand) came through two batters later with a RBI single through the left side.
 
NSU started the third inning off the same way, with a triple from freshman shortstop Haley Gonzales (Boca Raton, Fla.). Spaulding and Dakota Villella (So., Hollywood, Fla.) loaded the bases with a bunt single and a walk. The Sharks advanced all runners a base on a sacrifice fly from Katrina Ammons (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.).
 
The Sharks would leave the remaining runners in scoring position, which would inevitably be costly for the Sharks. NSU was blanked over the next four frames and held to four hits. Meanwhile, Rebecca Thornton (So., Lodi, Calif.) rolled through the early innings, holding the Bobcats to three hits over the first four shutout innings.
 
NSU's lead was flipped in the fifth when the Bobcats scored a trio of runs, taking a one score lead. The Bobcats needed three hits, all singles, and an error to take the lead, dinging Thornton for two earned runs.
 
The Sharks left runners on base in both the fifth and sixth innings and at one point had the tying at third base in the fifth. In the seventh, the Bobcats posted a superfluous fourth run. NSU batted into a groundout and two straight liners to end the game.
 
Thornton (7-1) took her first loss on the season, allowing two earned runs and eight hits while striking out three batters. Gonzales went 2-for-3 with a run while Matautia and Spaulding each went 2-for-4. 
 
GAME TWO
NSU struggled to convert runners in game two, unable to capitalize on six hits and eight Sharks on base throughout the seven innings. Georgia College's Carly Lewis shutout NSU in a complete game, throwing 110 pitches and striking out four.
 
Despite the loss, Taylor Rotz (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) (0-2) had her best outing of the season. She only needed 83 pitches to hold Georgia College to one earned run while striking out three batters without a walk. Her ERA on the season dropped to 4.50, nearly cut in half in one outing.
 
Rotz blanked the Bobcats over the first three innings, but an error in the fourth inning would allowed Lacey Najafi to reach base and eventually score. Rotz allowed just one hit over the fifth and sixth innings before allowing the final run in the seventh.
 
On offense, NSU left a runner on base in five of seven innings. In the two innings in which none were stranded, the fifth and seventh, a runner was called out on a line-out double play. Six batters would earn one hit, all singles, in the outing, one of which coming from Rotz on her first hit of the season.
 
NSU will look to rebound on Saturday when the Sharks begin Sunshine State Conference play at home against the preseason favorites, the Rollins Tars. The doubleheader is set to start at 1 p.m.

 
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