GSC Softball Opens GCAA Play With Two Home Wins Over Andrew

Madison Powell connected for a grand slam in the Highlanders' 10-2 win over Andrew College to complete the doubleheader sweep on Tuesday.
Madison Powell connected for a grand slam in the Highlanders' 10-2 win over Andrew College to complete the doubleheader sweep on Tuesday.

BARNESVILLE, Ga. -- Gordon State Softball pushed its win streak to six games as the Highlanders opened Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17) play with a 3-0, 10-2 doubleheader sweep over Andrew College Tuesday afternoon at the GSC Athletic Complex.

Game 1 belonged primarily to pitcher Faith Hager (Conyers, Ga. / Heritage HS), who shut down the Andrew offense with a complete-game six-hitter while striking out seven and didn't walk a batter.

Hager is now 7-3 on the season. 

Meanwhile, GSC broke through in the fourth inning with a pair of runs and added a solo run in the sixth.

Jordyn Dobson (McDonough, Ga. / Union Grove HS) went 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead the GSC offensive attack.

Makenzie English (Williamson, Ga. / Pike Co. HS), Madison Powell (Roberta, Ga. / Taylor Co. HS), Abby Foster (McDonough, Ga. / Ola HS), Claire Williams (Conyers, Ga. / Heritage HS) and Bailey Odom (Danville, Ga. / Bleckley Co. HS) each had a hit for the Highlanders.

Game 2 saw GSC jump out to a 4-1 lead after the first inning and the Highlanders added a five-run fourth inning to make it 9-1.

After Andrew (5-21, 0-2) got a run in the top of the fifth, GSC answered right back with a run to take the eight-run, five-inning victory.

English and Foster paced the GSC offense with two hits each while English scored three runs and Foster drove in a pair of runs.

Taylor McClendon (McDonough, Ga. / Ola HS), Breanna Lee (Concord, Ga. / Pike Co. HS), Dobson and Powell also had a hit apiece for the Highlanders.

Powell's hit came on a grand slam in the first inning to put GSC in front to stay.

Odom (2-2) went the distance in the circle for GSC, allowing nine hits and one unearned run while working out of some jams to preserve the Highlanders' sixth straight win.

GSC (9-9 overall, 2-0 GCAA) is right back on the field Friday as the Highlanders travel to Milledgeville to battle GCAA foe Georgia Military College in a doubleheader that begins at 4 p.m. ET.

The Gordon State College Department of Athletics is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA).  Gordon State College competes in NJCAA Division I in the sports of Women's Soccer (Fall), Men's Basketball (Fall/Spring), Softball (Spring) and Baseball (Spring).  Gordon State College is located in Barnesville, Ga., approximately 60 miles south of Atlanta and 35 miles northwest of Macon.  Gordon State College offers both two-year and four-year degree programs and believes that our Athletics program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to be successful academically, athletically and in life after their time as a Highlander.  You can follow GSC Athletics at www.gscathletics.com, on Facebook (@GordonStateCollege #GSCHighlandersForward), on Twitter (@GordonState) and Instagram (gordon_state).