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Georgetown College softball got off to a solid start Sunday afternoon on the road. The Tigers scored runs in the top of the first and second and then the defense made it stand for a season-opening 2-0 win.
Shelby Engle dug in with two outs in the top of the first for a single to right center. The sophomore came in off a double by Cassidy Taylor for all the offense GC needed.
The Tigers added the insurance run when Kelsey Krueger scored off a Chelsae Osborn's single down the right field line.
It was more than enough run support for junior Kayla Williams in the circle. She went five innings and scattered eight hits, walking none and striking out two. Jessica Claxton tallied her first save of the year, pitching the final two innings with no hits, no walks and two strikeouts.
The Bulldogs stranded eight runners, but the biggest threat was in the bottom of the first. Trying to answer GC's run in the top half, Union started with a double and a single for runners on the corners. The third batter hit the ball to Engle at first, who fired home for an out at the plate. The next batter singled to give the Bulldogs bases loaded with one out.
Jamie Cyrus dug in a lined a shot to centerfield, but senior Chelsea Riney tracked it and caught it. The Bulldog runners were halfway to the next base, giving Riney the opportunity to double off the runner at second and end the inning.
The bottom of the third, Union had runners at second and third with one out when another double player foiled the scoring opportunity.
It was another line out, this time to Krueger at second base. The senior made the play and then flipped to Osborn, catching the runner of the bag.
UC never got another runner beyond second after the bottom of the third.
Engle, Taylor and Osborn all went 1-of-3 at the plate, while Hayden Seng was 1-of-2 with a walk.