Softball - Fri, Feb. 22, 2013
Georgetown College's softball team mostly dominated University of Charleston, an NCAA team, for the better part of Friday's doubleheader. The Tigers (4-2) were leading in the Golden Eagles final at bat each game and despite letting those leads slip away, still managed to pick up the victories, 3-2 and 6-5.
"In the first game we played really well defensively, but struggled to get our bats going," said GC coach Thomas Thornton, who was also recognized for collecting his 300th win at Georgetown this past weekend to start the season. "Second game we were hitting and defensively we were doing okay. Then we had some miscues that can happen with a young team, but I was pleased to see our resolve and fight to get both wins today."
Charleston got early leads in both games, including a solo shot in the top of the second in game one. However, sophomore pitcher Kayla Williams settled down and minus two pitches really dominated UC. She scattered six hits over seven innings allowing two runs, both off homeruns, with one strikeout and no walks. Offensively the Tigers had enough fire power to push across three runs for the win in game one. They answered back in the bottom of the second with two and then after letting the lead slip in the seventh, responded with a run off an error by the Golden Eagles for the win.
UC put up a 2-0 lead in the third inning of game two. GC responded by loading the bases and then freshman Emily Snow's base-clearing double gave GC a 3-2 advantage. GC later added another run for a 4-2 cushion. The Golden Eagles got one run back in the top of the sixth and then pushed two more across in the seventh for the 5-4 lead.
"We just never quit," Thornton said. "I could see the frustration after a rough defensive inning, but they didn't let it bother them at the plate and we got the job done."
Cassidy Taylor started with a walk and then speedster Marissa Massie came into to run. The freshman stole second and with one out junior Chelsea Riney reached on an infield single, which put Massie at third. Riney stole second during Madelyn Brown's at-bat. The senior tied the game with a sacrifice fly, which also put Riney 60 feet from the win. However, GC had two outs as senior Mallory Johnson dug in to try and end the game. She hit a walk-off single to left that easily scored Riney for the victory.
Georgetown returns to action 10 am Saturday morning against Cardinal Stritch.