Waleska, Ga. – Georgetown College softball fought and forced extra innings, but in the end Taylor University came up with a timely hit to stay alive at the NAIA National Softball Tournament Opening Round. The Tigers (37-15) got a two out single from Chelsea Riney and came in on a double by Emily Snow. This tied the game in the top of the seventh, but in the bottom of the eighth a lead-off single, sacrifice bunt and a sharp liner down third base brought in the winning run for the Trojans, 4-3.
GC won its first Mid-South Conference title since 2009 and advanced to the opening rounds for only the second time.
After getting behind on day one, the Tigers struck first when Ashley Coppage and Sandy Young drew back-to-back walks. Cassidy Taylor moved them over with a ground out, setting the stage for Rachel Simms. The catcher blasted a two-RBI double to center.
The Trojans chipped away at the lead, scoring one in the third and one in the fourth. It remained 2-2 until the bottom of the sixth.
Back-to-back singles through the hole at short started the rally. A sacrifice fly scored one run and momentarily gave Taylor the advantage.
Riney went 2-for-4 on the day with a run scored to lead her team. Snow, Shelby Engle, Taylor and Simms all had one hit each. Jessica Claxton took the ball to start the game and went four innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs with two strikeouts.
Kayla Williams pitched the final three and a third, scattering five hits allowing two runs and striking out three.
Georgetown stranded eight base runners.