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Grizzlies sweep home softball doubleheader

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Georgia Gwinnett College softball team used a pair of complete-game performances to sweep both sides of a doubleheader against Virginia Intermont Sunday at the Grizzly Softball Complex in Lawrenceville.

In the opener, the Grizzlies came back from a sixth-inning deficit for a 7-6 win while GGC posted its third shutout of the week in game two in a 3-0 win.

Georgia Gwinnett improved to 10-3 with the sweep, taking out a Cobras squad (13-10) that was picked second preseason in the Appalachian Athletic Conference and receiving national Top 25 votes.

In Game, 1, three Grizzlies recorded multi-hit games en route to victory in a back-and-forth contest. Alycia Fields led the way with three hits as Georgia Gwinnett combined for eleven in the game.

Cassidy Littlefield and Heaven Hinton both had two hits and a pair of runs scored. Jordyn Fones contributed two RBIs to the team effort.

Ashley Beyke (5-2) tossed a complete game for her fifth win on the season. Beyke surrendered three earned runs and scattered seven hits over the full seven innings, striking out seven.

Virginia Intermont scored first with two runs in the third inning on three hits, including a two-out two-RBI single. GGC immediately responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the score. After Haley Thompson walked with two outs, Heaven Hinton hit an RBI double to cut the lead in half. Hinton then came across to score when Heather Kilar reached on an error by the Cobra first baseman.

In the fourth inning, Cassidy Littlefield put down a bunt single, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Jordyn Fones. An infield single by Alycia Fields drove home Fones.

The Cobras pushed across another run in the fifth inning on an RBI double. GGC started the bottom of the fifth off with a double from Hinton, who scored on an RBI single by Marlee Morales.

Virginia Intermont took a brief one-run lead with three unearned runs in the top of the sixth on three hits and a Grizzly error, but the Grizzlies scored twice in the bottom of the inning to clinch the victory.

Littlefield led off with a stand-up triple to deep right centerfield and scored when Fones reached on a fielding error by the Cobra second baseman to tie the game. An RBI single by Kilar drove home Fields from third to give GGC their seventh and final run.

In Game 2, starter Kayla Byrom (5-1) threw a complete game shutout, scattering six hits over 7.0 innings of work and striking out four batters as GGC took the second game of the doubleheader by a score of 3-0.

Georgia Gwinnett scored a run in the fourth and two runs in the sixth.

The Grizzlies broke a scoreless tie with two out in the fourth when Haley Thompson roped a triple into the gap in left centerfield and scored on a wild pitch.

GGC added two insurance runs in the sixth on three hits. Fones led off with a single and Fields immediately followed with a double to left centerfield. Hinton drove both runners in with an RBI single.

Byrom remained in control in the circle, pitching GGC to its third shutout of the team’s past three series.

Georgia Gwinnett has won seven of its last eight games and continues a busy month with a home doubleheader against St. Andrews on Monday, starting at 1 p.m. in Lawrenceville.