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Sandy Young hit another two-run bomb in the top of the ninth – softball usually only plays seven innings – to help Georgetown defeat St. Catharine 6-2. Young hit the winning two-run homerun in game one, this time it was just a couple more insurance runs.
Freshman Jessica Claxton took that four-run edge and made it stand, setting the Patriots down in order to take two wins Saturday.
Coming into the day, GC softball was 3-3 in the Mid-South Conference and SCC was 5-1. The Tigers moved back above .500 and now sit in a tie with SCC, holding the advantage there.
"It is way early in the season as we've not even made it through the first half of conference play," said GC coach Thomas Thornton. "Our team has been through a lot in the past few weeks, and I think we showed a lot of heart today in these road wins against a very good St. Catharine team."
Senior Chelsea Riney got it started with a double off the left-center fence. Chelsae Osborn scored her with a single down right field line. An outfield error allowed Osborn to score and then Young hit her two-run homerun for all the offense.
The Tigers (10-6, 5-3) had 10 hits as Riney, Emily Snow, Shelby Engle and Young all had two. Young also drew two walks as the Patriots tried to work around her. She finished the day 4-for-6 with five RBIs and three runs scored.
Claxton went the full nine innings, scattering four hits allowing one earned run and striking out 16 of the 31 batters she faced.
Georgetown got on the board first with two in the fourth after Snow singled and Engle doubled her home. Madi Ortega hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Engle for the 2-0 lead.
SCC answer with two in the bottom of the fifth, eventually forcing the extra innings. A couple of singles, an error and a stolen base had it 2-2 heading into the sixth.
The teams went scoreless until the top of the ninth.