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Georgetown College softball played a scoreless game with Southeastern University through 5 and 1/2 innings, but the Fire struck first and eventually handed the Tigers (4-2) their first loss, 2-1. Southeastern pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth and seventh to pull out the victory in Lakeland, Fla.
Both teams managed seven hits in the doubleheader opener, but SU scored when a one-out double was followed with a single.
GC answered by getting the first two hitters aboard in its final at bat. A sacrifice bunt and fly advanced the runners enough to tie the game, but that is all the Tigers managed against the strong throwing Lauren West. The pitcher struck out 11 Georgetown batters.
A one-out sacrifice fly ended the game and handed Kayla Williams her first loss of the season. The junior had not allowed an earned run through 17 and 2/3rds innings when the Fire broke through with the back-to-back hits for the run in the sixth.
Hayden Seng led from the plate with a perfect 3-of-3, while Chelsea Riney, Taylor Shaw, Sydney Goyette and Cassidy Taylor also touched up West for one hit. Riney had the lone RBI, knocking in Alexis Bahl.
Game two was the roughest test to date in this early season. The Fire erupted from the start for eight runs and finished the game 12-0 in a run-shortened affair. Before that game, the Tigers had allowed 12 total runs on the season through five games.
Southeastern combine hits with some defensive miscues to score four runs quickly and then dealt the crushing blow in the form of a two-out grand slam. The Fire added two runs each in the next two innings for the final margin of victory.
Emily Bryant was dominant in the circle for SU, scattering two hits in five innings with seven strikeouts.
Georgetown returns to action 2 pm Tuesday hosting Mid-South Conference foe Shawnee State University.