GGC edged by top seed in extra innings of conference tournament

LAWRENCEVILLE — Georgia Gwinnett College’s softball team split a pair of games Thursday in the Association of Independent Institutions softball championship, defeating Lindenwood-Belleville 5-2 before falling to top-seeded LSU-Alexandria 14-13 in extra innings at the the Grizzly Softball Complex.

The Grizzlies took advantage of three walks in the bottom of the second to defeat Lindenwood-Belleville then got into a slugfest with LSU-Alexandria.

The nightcap ended up being the most exciting game of the day as the teams combined for 27 runs — 22 of which were scored in the third and fourth innings.

Down 1-0 in the top of the third, the GGC bats got going.

Mary Burk scored on a fielding error before Heaven Hinton doubled home GGC’s second run. Ashleigh Simmons blasted a three-run triple, giving the Grizzlies a 5-1 lead.

But the Generals answered.

Taylor Simon blasted a three-run home run to make the score 5-4 and added two more runs on a Paulean Gonzalez two-run double.

Like LSU-Alexandria in the previous half-inning, GGC responded in the top of the fourth.

Ingram drew a bases-loaded walk and Hinton hit an RBI single to tie the score at 7-7. Jordyn Fones drew a bases-loaded walk to make the score 8-7 and Haley Thompson had an RBI sac fly. The Grizzlies added their another run on a Heather Kilar single to left field, putting them up 10-7.

However, LSU-Alexandria scored six runs in the bottom half of the inning, taking a 13-10 lead.

The Grizzlies added three runs in the top of the seventh, keeping the game going. Kilar hit a solo home run to open the inning and Cassidy Littlefield tripled in a run to make the score 13-12. Ingram hit an RBI sac fly, tying the game.

But in the bottom of the eighth, LSU-Alexandria got a walk-off hit, effectively ending the game.

In their opening game of the day, the Grizzlies were patient and it paid off.

Haley Thompson reached on a fielder’s choice and took second on Kilar’s single up the middle. Burk’s single to left loaded the bases and Marlee Morales took a bases-loaded walk.

“The umpire had a zone and the girls didn’t swing,” GGC head coach Kat Ihlenburg said. “That’s the name of the game. You don’t need to be overaggressive in that situation.”

Littlefield was hit by a pitch and Hinton took another walk to plate the Grizzlies’ third run. Alycia Fields reached on an error, plating Littlefield, putting GGC up 4-1.

Lindenwood-Belleville added another run in the fourth when Edwards hit an RBI fielder’s choice. But the Grizzlies responded in the bottom half of the inning. Haley Ingram tripled and scored on Hinton’s RBI double, plating the game’s final run.

Ashley Beyke picked up the win, going seven innings, giving up six hits and striking out four.

GGC will now face No. 3 seed Houston-Victoria in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m. today.