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Georgia Perimeter's Ed Schutte wins 300th
 April 4, 2011

Georgia Perimeter College head softball coach Ed Schutte reached the 300-win milestone on Friday, April 1, in a way that sounds almost like an April Fools' Day trick.

Pitchers Christina Ezell and Lauren Bell pitched a perfect game and a no-hitter, respectively, and Ezell struck out 17 of the 18 batters she faced as Georgia Perimeter defeated visiting East Georgia College 8-0 and 13-0 in a Region 17 doubleheader.

With a twinbill sweep of Middle Georgia College Saturday, Schutte's college career record, all in his first 10 seasons at GPC, stands at 302-151.

"That means I've been here a long time," Schutte said. "It means that I had a great organization, great players and staff. You can't do that without good people. These assistant coaches [Ken Deyton and Alli Converse] work hard, and I'm blessed to have them."

In the opener Friday, Ezell (16-4), the sophomore who led the NJCAA in strikeouts per inning last year, fanned the first 12 Bobcats on the way to her second perfect game of the season. The game was called in the bottom half of the sixth inning when Jamie Saunders belted a three-run double to make it 8-0.

Bell (8-5), walked one in the nightcap and had another reach on an error as she struck out five. Credit right fielder Kaitlyn Smith with a "save" for throwing a runner out at first base. The five-inning game also was called on the mercy rule.

"We came into the game heavily favored, and we did what we were supposed to do," Schutte said. "Our two pitchers were just too dominant." East Georgia is playing its first year of intercollegiate competition.

Saturday against region rival Middle Georgia, Ezell hurled a 6-0 three-hitter, and Bell started and Ezell finished a 7-0 shutout as Georgia Perimeter improved to 24-9, 13-1.

Ezell pitched a 1-0 seven-inning perfect game on March 12 at Walters State Community College.

Schutte's 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2009 teams won regular-season Region 17 titles. He was named region coach of the year in 2003, '06 and '08 and was co-coach of the year in 2009.

The Jaguars made their second national NJCAA tournament appearance in 2010, joining the 2007 team in achieving that distinction.

 





























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