GGC Pitchers Cap Regular Season with One-Hit Performances for Sweep
(photo: sophomore Ashley Beyke; courtesy Rod Reilly/GGC)
The Georgia Gwinnett softball team used a pair of dominant pitching performances to secure 9-0 and 5-0 wins at Talladega (Ala.) on Wednesday to cap a highly-successful regular season for the Grizzlies.
Ashley Beyke and Kayla Byrom each recorded one-hit, complete-game shutouts over the Tornadoes as GGC finished its regular season schedule at 38-8-1.
The two pitchers split GGC’s wins evenly this season with 19 apiece.
Offensively, Heaven Hinton’s grand slam highlighted a four-hit day for the senior.
Talladega dropped to 29-19 with the losses.
Game One- GGC 9, Talladega 0 (5 innings)
Beyke (19-6) allowed only a leadoff single in the fourth inning in recording her fourth shutout of the season, striking out four.
The GGC offense put up one run in the first inning, three in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth inning to induce the run rule.
Hinton’s fourth inning grand slam blew the game open as Cassidy Littlefield and Halley Ingram each scored twice.
Hinton, Littlefield and Jordyn Fones each had two hits apiece.
Game Two- GGC 5, Talladega 0
In game two, Byrom (19-2) picked up where Beyke left off, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning and allowing just a lone single in the seventh.
The junior finished with six strikeouts in racking up her fifth shutout of the year.
After Byrom retired the first 15 batters she faced, the Tornadoes’ leadoff batter in the sixth inning reached on a defensive error for their first baserunner.
The Grizzlies, meanwhile had two more hits from Hinton and a pair of doubles from Heather Kilar to help secure the sweep.
Georgia Gwinnett again scored in the first inning, building a 2-0 lead as Kilar doubled home Hinton and Fones.
Ingram tripled and scored in the third, Fones tallied another run in the fifth and Littlefield scored in the seventh for GGC.
The Grizzlies improved to 21-3-1 away from home this season.
The squad will begin its first-ever postseason appearance Thursday, May 1, with the opening round of the 2014 Association of Independent Institutions championship tournament in Lawrenceville.
The six-team, double-elimination tournament will produce two automatic berths for the NAIA National Championships Opening Round.
Tickets are available on site when the tournament begins and the full bracket with game times can be seen here.