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KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Shelby Engle came in with ice water in her veins and helped softball stay alive in the elimination bracket Saturday at Domtar Park.
The freshman relieved Katie Mann and shutdown University of Rio Grande long enough to allow herself a chance to hit two homeruns – a solo and a three-run – as the Tigers (31-13) rallied for a 4-1 win. The defense twice stonewalled the RedStorm (22-19). Rio loaded the bases once with one out and came away scoreless, then started an inning by getting two on but no one scored.
"It's hard when you drop into the elimination bracket immediately. Then add that you have to turn right away and play, but we came out and were focused even after getting down one," said GC coach Thomas Thornton. "We knew our bats would come to life and Shelby played a great game."
Georgetown ended up in the elimination bracket after losing game one to Cumberland University (34-18). The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 2-1 lead and never looked back. They added a second insurance run in the top of the sixth.
Kayla Williams pitched that game, scattering seven hits and allowing two earned runs with six strikeouts.
The Tigers return to action, weather permitting, Sunday morning against the loser of the Lindsey Wilson-University of Virginia College at Wise game. Start time is currently set for 10 am, but everything is subject to change based on weather and field conditions.