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Danville, Ky. – Pressure moments refine pressure players and Georgetown College softball is pressure packed. From the freshman to the seniors, it took everyone Sunday afternoon to beat a very good Cumberland University team twice and bring home the Mid-South Conference title for the first time since 2009.
Jessica Claxton, a freshman, hurled a no-hitter for game-two's win with three strikeouts one hit batter, two walks and one fielder's choice. Georgetown provided more than enough offense in the 4-0 win.
The Tigers (37-13) learn their national tournament regional site Tuesday. It is only the second time for the Orange & Black to punch a ticket to the national dance. She threw a total of 67 pitches.
"What can you say about a group like this," said GC coach Thomas Thornton. "We have a senior leading us off in that fourth inning with a triple. Three sophomores doing their job to get us three runs. Then a freshman with her defense behind her just shutting down a very potent Cumberland offense."
The Bulldogs (38-20-1) were the second best offense coming into the tournament and in the final day Georgetown held them scoreless.
"We did this together," said Tiger senior Chelsea Riney. "We had that weird stretch in the middle of the season where illnesses bit us, but since that point we just find ways to win. We love each other and love playing this game; we don't want this to end."
Riney got the hitting going, breaking up CU's no-hitter with a triple to the fence in the right field corner. The speedster never slowed and had it standing up. Emily Snow followed with a bunt that caught everyone off guard for a single. Shelby Engle ripped a double that scored two runs, more than Claxton needed.
Sandy Young, having a stellar tournament, plated an RBI with a sacrifice fly. The 3-0 mark seemed to be holding until Young once again got a hit. Sydney Goyette, Saturday's hero, came through with a bloop single for the final run of the game.
"This is a great feeling," Riney said. "Now we refocus and set our minds on taking care of business at the regional site."
|(RV) Lindsey Wilson at||8:00pm|
|(4) Lindsey Wilson at||6:00pm|
|Cumberland Univ. at||4:00pm|
|(14) Cumberland Univ. at||2:00pm|
|(10) University of Pikeville at||8:00pm|
|(22) University of Pikeville at||6:00pm|
|(18) University of the Cumberlands at||4:00pm|
|University of the Cumberlands at||2:00pm|
|University of Maine at Fort Kent at||7:00pm|