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Georgetown College softball needed to rally in both games against St. Catharine College Wednesday afternoon. The home team found themselves behind in the Mid-South Conference games after first inning homeruns gave the Patriots (12-10, 4-4 MSC) early leads. The Tigers (16-8, 8-4) came back with some big fire power themselves for a 10-8 and 5-1 sweep.
SCC opened game one with a two-run shot, but Katie Mann hit a two-run blast in the bottom half to level it at two all. Georgetown added a run each in the second and third, one a solo shot by Sandy Young.
Then Mann dug in again with two runners on for a three-run shot and a five-run fourth for the 9-2 advantage. The senior also had a sacrifice fly in the game to go 2-of-3 from the plate with six RBI.
Georgetown had one of its best hitting games with seven of the nine batters recording at least two hits. Fellow senior Hillary Plain was 3-of-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Mallory Johnson, also a senior, was 3-of-4 with three runs scored. Taylor Shaw, Madelyn Brown, Sandy Young and Kelsey Krueger also had two hits a piece.
Kayla Williams started in the circle for GC and held a comfortable 10-3 lead when she left in the top of the seventh. Shelby Engle took over. Through a mixture of errors and the Patriots finding the gaps, she was lifted from the game after only a third of an inning. She allowed two earned runs on four hits before giving way back to Williams.
The sophomore came in and closed the door to hold on to the win, pushing her record to 7-4 this season in 12 games.
Mann pitched a gem in game two. The lone blemish was her very first pitch, which resulted in a solo homerun to Hagan Goldey. However, she helped her cause when she reached on a double down the left field line in the bottom of the fourth.
Engle followed that up with a two-out, two-run homerun for all the runs Georgetown needed. The Tigers added cushion to their lead with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Engle and Mann went 2-of-3 with a run scored. Engle also had three RBI.
Georgetown returns to action Friday in a doubleheader at Trevecca Nazarene University before stepping back in conference for a doubleheader with Cumberland University Saturday.
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