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Ashley Coppage highlighted four innings of eight runs as Georgetown College softball handed visiting St. Catharine College an 8-0 defeat in five innings. The freshman hit two homeruns as the Tigers (16-9, 11-6) had 11 hits against Tiffany Wickline Tuesday.
It all started in the bottom of the second with two outs. Wickline set down Cassidy Taylor and Sandy Young on strikeouts, when Chelsae Osborn stepped to the plate. The freshman hit a single, moved to second on a stolen base and gave GC the only run it needed off a single by Rachel Simms. Taylor Shaw doubled in Simms, stole third and scored off a double from Chelsea Riney.
Coppage's first long ball came in the bottom of the third with one out. She ripped a 3-2 count over the right center field fence and Georgetown was up 4-0.
A little small ball produced the fifth run. Shaw and Riney had back-to-back bunts with one out. Shaw eventually scored off a grounder by Emily Snow. A special double play, getting Riney and Snow out in reverse order ended the inning.
Georgetown needed three runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game by mercy-rule. Shelby Engle started with a walk, setting the stage for a two-run shot by Coppage. Young kept the possibility alive with a one-out double and stole third to be 60 feet from home. Osborn laid down a bunt that scored Young and ended the game.
Keeping the Patriots (10-16, 6-11) quiet was Kayla Williams. The junior went five innings, scattering three hits and striking out four.