Lady Cougars earn walk-off win, split doubleheader with JCC-Olean

The Genesee Community College softball team split a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with visiting Jamestown Community College-Olean, falling in game one, 7-6, and winning game two, 13-12.
JCC-Olean built an early 5-0 lead in game one before Brittnee Hallett-Jonathan delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the second inning to get GCC on the board.
The Lady Jaguars scored twice in the fourth, but Genesee responded with two runs of their own to stay within 7-3. Chelsea Lynch led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, stole second and eventually scored on a passed ball. Yui Sotah followed with a single and then scored for the second time in the game on an RBI groundout by Hallett-Jonathan.
Trailing 7-3 in their final at bat, the Lady Cougars scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but were unable to complete the comeback and dropped game one. Taylor Gayton delivered a bases loaded single in the home half of the seventh and Lynch added a two-out RBI double, but the rally fell short.
Alishia Foss pitched a complete game on the mound for GCC. Sotah went 3-4 at the plate and scored two runs. Miki Kawaguchi added a hit and scored a run and Lynch finished 2-4 and scored a run.
In game two, Genesee took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after pitcher Andrea Pursel set down the Lady Jaguars in order in the top of the inning.
GCC led 5-2 to start the fourth inning, but JCC-Olean scored eight times in the frame on five hits to take a 10-5 lead.
The Lady Jaguars added to their lead in the fifth with two more runs, but GCC began to claw back. Rachel VanDuser delivered a run scoring ground out in the bottom of the fifth and Pursel came around to score after being hit by a pitch to get the Lady Cougars to within 12-7.
Foss got Genesee a run closer after scoring on an error in the sixth and Pursel pitched around a leadoff single in the top of the seventh to keep JCC-Olean off the board in their final at bat.
Trailing 12-8 and down to their final three outs, the Lady Cougars mounted another comeback. Gayton delivered a two-run single, Foss plated a run on a single and Lynch drove in a run on a double to tie the game at 12 apiece. Pursel then stepped to the plate and hustled out an infield single and saw the throw go wide of first base allowing Lynch to score the game winning run.
Hallett-Jonathan went 4-4 at the plate in game two and scored two runs. Foss was 2-3 with two walks, a run batted in and four runs scored and Gayton finished the game 2-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.
Pursel battled for the win on the mound allowing 11 hits and striking out two in the game.
Genesee is now 5-10 overall on the season and will travel to Finger Lakes Community College on Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
 

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