Rachel Simms hit a solo home run Tuesday. Photo by Richard Davis
Softball - Wed, Apr. 13, 2016
Georgetown College softball continued its run through Mid-South Conference action with a third season sweep Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers (27-15, 18-6 MSC) beat Shawnee State, 7-0 and 10-6, for four wins over the Bears (10-24, 3-17) this season.
Rachel Simms blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the second of game one for all the offense Jessica Claxton needed and Kara Howard blasted a two-run shot in game two to catapult the Tigers into the lead for good.
Eight of the nine hitters recorded at least a single in game one as GC blew the game open in the bottom of the third. A single, an error and a walk loaded the bases as the Tigers manufactured four runs off three hits and a 5-0 lead.
It appeared SSU would strike back in the top of the fourth as Claxton issued back-to-back lead off walks. However, heads up defense on a bunt got an out at first and then Shelby Engle fired across the diamond for a unique double play as Katlyn Gleich was caught off third base.
Claxton struck out the next batter. She proceeded to sit down the next nine hitters she faced for a one-hit, complete-game win.
A two-out rally got the Bears on the board first in game two. A double from Hannah Dittoe kept the first inning going and Miranda Melvin followed with an RBI single.
GC tied it up in the bottom of the second off an RBI single from Corrin Robinson, but SSU was back in front when Tara Duncan led off the third with a solo home run.
The Tigers scored three times in the bottom of the third, highlighted by Howard's home run. They added five in the fourth to grab a 9-2 advantage as the Bears pulled McKenzie Whittaker from the game. Miranda Pauley took over and faced five batters, hitting one and allowing three hits. Without recording an out, Pauley was pulled from the game as Morgan Conrad took over. Conrad held the Tigers to just one more run when Sandy Young scored on Katie Young's RBI triple in the sixth.
SSU scored twice in the fifth and once each in the sixth and the seventh to make it interesting, but could never rally out of the seven-run deficit.
The Young sisters were each 3-for-4 in the second game, while Emily Snow went 2-for-3 and Cassidy Janes was 2-for-4.
Georgetown returns to action hosting No. 5 Campbellsville University this weekend in a pair of doubleheaders. Friday's action starts at 2 pm. Saturday will be Senior Day and game one is set to start at noon.