The Georgia Gwinnett softball team split a pair of one-run games on day one of a highly-competitive William Carey University Invitational on Friday in Hattiesburg, Miss.
The Grizzlies suffered a 1-0 defeat to host William Carey (Miss.) before pulling out a 5-4 victory against Mobile (Ala.) in the second game.
Georgia Gwinnett now stands at 15-4 on the year.
Game One- William Carey 1, GGC 0
In the tournament opener against host and NAIA No. 21 William Carey, the Grizzlies were no-hit in a 1-0 defeat.
The Grizzlies fell victim to Brittany Lang’s pitching performance and a fourth-inning RBI single from Relanda McFarland, which proved to be the game’s only score.
Grizzlies starter Ashley Beyke went the distance, striking out four batters and scattering five hits.
The loss halted a six-game winning streak for GGC, while William Carey improved to 16-1 with the victory.
Game Two- GGC 5, Mobile 4
The Grizzlies bounced back with a one-run win of their own in Friday’s second game, a 5-4 victory over Mobile (Ala.).
Cassidy Littlefield led GGC with a pair of hits and two runs scored as the Grizzlies scored twice in the top of the sixth inning to jump back in front of a back-and-forth contest.
Heaven Hinton, Heather Kilar and Alycia Fields each doubled for Georgia Gwinnett.
Beyke (7-3) earned the win in game two, holding the Rams scoreless over the final three innings in relief of starter Kayla Byrom.
The Grizzlies pushed across two runs in the top of the first, but trailed 4-3 after three innings. Neither team scored in the fourth or fifth, but GGC climbed back in front in the sixth by scoring on a wild pitch and a sac fly from Brittany Bruns.
Hinton drove in a pair of runs, while Fields and Bruns added one RBI apiece.
Mobile fell to 8-9 on the year.
Day two of the tournament on Saturday features two more stiff challenges. GGC will battle NAIA No. 2 Spring Hill (Ala.) at 11:30 a.m. CT and its first-ever NCAA Division I opponent, Alcorn State, at 3:30 p.m. CT.
Live coverage can be found on the Grizzly Digital Network.