Chelsea Riney hit a solo homerun in beating UPike 8-0. Photo by Richard Davis
Softball - Wed, Mar. 26, 2014
The Jekyll and Hyde offense of Georgetown College's softball team was in full form Wednesday afternoon. After the Tigers managed just five hits in seven full innings of a one-run loss, they turned around and tore the cover off the ball for 14 hits and an 8-0 mercy-rule win.
Senior Chelsea Riney had the highlight of the onslaught as she connected on a 0-1 pitch in the bottom of the fourth for her first homerun of her career. After twice hitting the top of the center field fence this season, the outfielder finally got more than enough lift to send it out of the park.
"It was a wild feeling," Riney said. "You don't ever want to say you are focusing on doing something like that, but in the back of my mind I wanted to see that happen this season. To get so close a couple of times and not have it happen has been frustrating, but that hit felt really good. Add to that the way that we played and hit as a team, and it is all the more sweet."
Riney also supplied the Tigers with the only run they needed when she hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second to score Cassidy Taylor. Her solo home run gave GC a 3-0 lead after four innings. Then Georgetown extended the advantage with four runs in the fifth and the winning run in the sixth.
Marissa Massie lined a single into left-center field with the bases loaded bringing home Shelby Engle to end the game.
Engle also picked up the win in the circle, going six innings with seven strikeouts and allowed just three hits.
The sophomore pitcher helped her cause from the plate all day, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Taylor Shaw was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Massie was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Ashley Coppage was 2-for-3 and Emily Snow was 2-for-4. Taylor and Riney both finished 1-for-3. Riney had two RBIs and one run, while Taylor had one run scored.
Georgetown's games Friday with University of Rio Grande have been postponed due to weather so the team will not play again until Tuesday when it hosts St. Catharine College for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 3 pm.