Jessica Claxton struck out 10 in 5-2 win. Photo by Richard Davis
Softball - Sat, Apr. 5, 2014
All No. 22 Campbellsville University managed against Jessica Claxton was a pair of solo homeruns, not enough to defeat Georgetown College in game two of the doubleheader. GC (19-9, 14-6) scored two runs in the third and put it out of reach with three more in the fifth in a 5-2 win that gives the team the home sweep of CU.
It is a home-and-home split for these two teams battling for position in the Mid-South Conference. Campbellsville (25-13, 12-8) came in Saturday dead even with Georgetown at 12-6. The two wins keep the Orange & Black in second, while CU falls to fifth.
Hayden Seng got the rally going with a one-out single. Taylor Shaw used her speed, catching Campbellsville off-guard with a bunt single. Chelsea Riney sacrificed the pair into scoring position and Emily Snow took care of the rest. The sophomore lined a single into left that scored Seng and Shaw.
However, the home Tigers knew they needed more.
In their favorite inning (eight of their 10 runs Saturday were scored in the fifth), GC had three hits for three runs. Cassidy Taylor drew a lead-off walk. Kelsey Krueger came in to run. Shaw hit a one-out single to put two on for fellow senior Riney.
Riney's RBI double was more than enough fire power, giving Georgetown a 3-1 edge. A bobble on Emily Snow's grounder scored Shaw for the first extra insurance run and Riney came around on Shelby Engle's double down the left field line.
Campbellsville tried to muster up a final rally as Kendyl Ahrens fought off an 0-2 count to a 3-2 count and then ripped a solo shot over the left field fence. However, Claxton calmly retired the three of the next four hitters and sealed the win. She tallied strikeouts nine and 10 with the final two batters.
Claxton had 10 strikeouts on the day, walking just three and scattering four hits. The freshman has 90 strikeouts in just 16 games this season with a 9-3 record.
Shaw led from the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Riney, Snow, Engle, Taylor and Seng all had one hit apiece.
Georgetown returns to action 4 pm Tuesday at Midway College.