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Chelsae Osborn slides safely, scoring the winning run Tuesday. Photo by Richard Davis
Chelsae Osborn slides safely, scoring the winning run Tuesday. Photo by Richard Davis
Softball - Tue, Apr. 25, 2017

Senior Chelsae Osborn led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and came around on a triple from Kara Howard as the go ahead run on senior day. Osborn, a four-year starting walk-on, celebrated senior day with Sydney Goyette in style – a 2-1 win over Kentucky Christian University.

"I've told them, sometimes we've got to win ugly," said GC coach Thomas Thornton. "We played the Knights a few weeks ago in Grayson and they've gotten better as you expect every team as the season goes on. They were ready to play.

"Chelsae had a couple good hits and was on in a key situation. Sydney pressed a little, but defensively made solid plays and sophomore pitcher Hannah Morton came in and played a great game."

Osborn went 2-for-3 with a run scored to finish her home stand as a Tiger with a flourish.

"I'm honored to have been able to score that run and props to Kara on the triple. I don't score if she doesn't come through like that," Osborn said. "I hated for it to be so close on senior day, but it did make for an exciting game.

"It's been a great four years with ups and downs, wins and losses, but I have a good feeling heading into postseason."

GC opens Mid-South Conference action 1 pm Friday in Bowling Green, Ky. against University of the Cumberlands. The Tigers went 3-0 against the Patriots this season and were leading the fourth game of the series before storms washed it out.

With the win Tuesday, Georgetown improves to 32-12 this season and Goyette and Osborn have complied a 114-66 record with a MSC Tournament championship in 2014.

Senior day is never easy – emotions, expectations and desires to do so well one final time in front of the home crowd – but both handled it well as they have their entire careers.

"These two have been staples from freshman year," Thornton said. "Sydney was clutch in the 2014 championship with a walk-off home run against Campbellsville. We've moved her around every year and every year she has accepted the challenge, worked hard and been vital to what we are doing.

"Chelsae was a walk on and grabbed the starting position at short stop. Every year we recruited someone to come in and compete for that position and every year she wouldn't let them take her spot. I couldn't ask her to work harder."

KCU tried to spoil the day when Jade Spurlock blasted a pitch over the center field fence in the top of the fourth to break up a scoreless game. It was really the only solid hit off Morton who struck out a new season high nine in the win.

Osborn gave GC life with a lead-off double in the bottom of the fourth, but she was stranded at third. Alli Watson started the fifth with a double and scored on an RBI single from Hannah Howes. Setting the stage for Osborn. KCU went down in order – including back-to-back strike outs to end the game – and senior day celebrations commenced.


 

 
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