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Georgetown College softball improved to 3-0 with an extra inning win Thursday in Wales Lake, Fla. The Tigers exploded in the top of the ninth for a 6-2 win over Warner University as Jessica Claxton picked up her second win of the season.
With the game tied at two, Georgetown scored early and often in the ninth. Rachel Simms pinch ran as the runner that starts on second in extra innings – what's known as the international speed up rule. She stole third on a pass ball and scored the winning run on a single to left by Kelsey Krueger. Two batters later, Chelsea Riney singled up the middle to bring in Krueger. Taylor Shaw and Shelby Engle followed with sacrifice bunts to score the final two insurance runs.
GC's Kayla Williams started in the circle and went the full regular seven innings, but with the game tied 1-1 coach Thomas Thornton elected to bring in Claxton in the bottom of the eighth. The freshman threw a two-hitter, striking out two with one unearned run from the international speed up rule – a runner starts the inning on second base – used in extra innings.
Riney led offensively with 3-of-4, including a triple to left center and had an RBI and a run scored. The senior had two stolen bases. She added three defensive outs, including a catch in the bottom of the eighth that prevent the Royals from scoring a winning run.
Emily Snow was the only other Tiger with multiple hits. She went 2-of-3. Kruger was 1-of-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Ashley Coppage was 1-of-1 and her hit led to a run scored by Chelsae Osborn.
Williams scattered four hits in her seven innings of work, walking four and striking out two. Neither run scored by Warner was earned.