Softball - Tue, Feb. 25, 2014
Game two of the Mid-South Conference opening doubleheader had a few more fireworks as the sun faded and the temperature dropped. Georgetown College (6-2, 2-0) got behind early, but found resilience from several of the younger players. The Tigers handed the Shawnee State Bears (0-2, 0-2) a 3-2, walk-off loss to wrap up Tuesday's games.
The Bears looked good early as Hannah Dittoe hit a solo homerun in the second. Then a two-out double in the third scored what looked to be an insurance run. Tara Prater had stranded five Tiger runners in the first four innings, scattering four hits in the process.
However, Georgetown found its grove and emotional lift in the bottom of the fifth. Looking for a spark, Tiger coach Thomas Thornton made a line-up switching Emily Snow in for Taylor Shaw, who was due up third.
Freshman Chelsae Osborn walked and senior Chelsea Riney legged out a bunt to give GC two on with no outs. In stepped Snow. The sophomore ripped a double to center that scored the tie runs and advanced to third on the Bears attempt to get Riney out at home. Unfortunately, the Tigers stranded Snow at third and after a scoreless sixth inning, things appeared headed for extra innings.
However, it was that combo again that led off the seventh for GC. Osborn grounded out to start the inning. Riney roped a triple off the center field fence. The senior speedster appeared to have her first collegiate homerun as the ball carried and just hit the top of the fence. She was able to leg out the play though and be just 60 feet from ending the game.
Snow dug in and singled to center, easily brining in the winning run.
"We finally found some offensive traction in the bottom of the fifth," Thornton said. "I was pleased with the way we continued to battle and play through some mistakes.
"Pitching wise, I thought Jessica (Claxton) did a good job and then Sydney (Goyette) came in and really shut them down."
The two freshmen allowed just six hits combined and struck out 11. Goyette got her first win coming in with one out in the fifth. She struck out the side in the sixth and was never really threatened in her 2 and 2/3 innings of work.
Georgetown's games Wednesday with Midway College have been canceled due to the threat of weather and cold temperatures, but the Tigers return to action 1 pm Saturday in a doubleheader with Huntington University.