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Beyke tops strikeout mark in GGC softball sweep

LAWRENCEVILLE — Sophomore Ashley Beyke tossed a complete game shutout and set a new single-game strikeouts mark in an opening 6-0 win and the Grizzly bats pounded out a 10-2 run-rule victory in the nightcap as the Georgia Gwinnett College softball team swept St. Andrews (N.C.) on Monday afternoon.

The Grizzlies piled up 23 hits on the afternoon, finishing their six-game homestand with a 5-1 record over four days.

GGC improved to 12-3 overall and has won nine of its last 10 games. St. Andrews fell to 8-12.

Sophomore Haley Thompson drove in five runs on the day while junior Jordyn Fones belted four hits and three different players totaled three runs scored.

In the opener, Beyke tossed GGC’s second straight complete game shutout and the team’s fourth shutout in under a week in the 6-0 victory.

The sophomore from Franklin, Tenn., picked up her sixth win of the year by striking out a program-best nine batters and scattering five hits. Beyke notched her sixth complete game of the year and has struck out at least seven in three of her past four starts.

Offensively, GGC belted five extra-base hits, including three triples, en route to the win.

Cassidy Littlefield began her 3-for-4 game with a one-out triple off the wall in center in the first inning. Fones drove in Littlefield with a hit into center and then scored two batters later on a single to left from Thompson as GGC went ahead, 2-0.

The Grizzlies tallied their other four runs in the fourth inning. Halley Ingram drilled a two-out, two-run triple into the corner, Littlefield drove in a run with a bunt single and Fones added GGC’s third triple of the day to score Littlefield to make it 6-0.

In Game 2, starter Kayla Byrom matched Beyke with her sixth victory of the year by striking out five and not allowing a walk over five innings in the win.

The Grizzlies had 11 hits and stole eight bases in the contest, scoring in every inning but the second.

The Grizzlies took advantage of a leadoff throwing error in the first inning to score on Alycia Fields’ RBI single. GGC added to its lead as Haley Thompson added an RBI single and Hinton belted a two-run single to make it 4-0.

The Knights scored one run in the top of the third, but GGC regained its four-run cushion on an RBI double by Thompson in the bottom of the inning. A sacrifice fly by Heather Kilar made it 6-1.

St. Andrews tallied a run in the top of the fourth but Fones picked up an RBI single in the inning for GGC and Thompson then belted a two-run single to stretch the Grizzlies’ advantage to 9-2.

With Byrom holding the Knights to just five hits, GGC finished off the game in the bottom of the fifth. Halley Ingram doubled home Marlee Morales to push across the deciding run in a five-inning run rule, 10-2.

Ingram finished with three stolen bases in the contest.

The Grizzlies are now outscoring their opponents for the season, 85-55. GGC begins a five-game road trip at Columbia (S.C.) on Wednesday, before traveling to the William Carey Tournament in Hattiesburg, Miss., Friday and Saturday.