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Softball - Fri, Apr. 28, 2017

Kaylee James doubled down the rightfield line to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th and the University of the Cumberlands posted a 5-4 victory over Georgetown College in the opening game of the Mid-South Conference Softball Championships here Friday morning at Michael O. Buchanon Park.

The Cumberlands (16-32) advances to take on Campbellsville University at 5 p.m. on Friday while Georgetown College falls into loser's bracket to face Cumberland University, also at 5 p.m.

Pinch-hitter Amber Hiller reached on an error with one out in the 11th and went to second on a bunt by Cassandra Johnson. James then lined a double down the rightfield line, scoring pinch-runner Elisa Mauldin with the winning run.

The Patriots scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 4-2 lead, including a two-out RBI single by Ciara England to tie the game. Two batters later Morgan Elliston doubled to leftcenter, plating two runs for the 4-2 UC edge.

Georgetown answered in the bottom of the inning on a two-out, two-run single to center by Allison Watson, sending the game to extra innings.

Taryn Sigl (5-11) tossed all 11 innings for the win for the Cumberlands, allowing four runs, two earned, on nine hits. She walked five and struck out six.

Audrey Dodd was in line for the win for Georgetown, allowing one unearned run on six hits in six innings. She did not walk a batter and struck out three. Hannah Morton (16-7) gave up three runs on three hits in the seventh before Dodd re-entered, eventually taking the loss. In all Dodd allowed two unearned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.

Neither team mustered any good offensive chances until the fifth when Johnson singled to center with one out for UC and moved to second on a groundout by James. Katie Baldock's two-out grounder to short was misplayed by Chalsea Osborn, who's throw to first was late. Johnson never stopped running on the play and beat the throw to the plate, giving the Patriots a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, starting with a walk to Hannah Howes before a single by Cassidy Janes and another free pass, this one to Chaselyn Allgeier, loaded the bases. Osborn grounded to short, but Baldock's throw to the plate was wild, allowing a run to score.

With one out Sydney Goyette lined out to center, plating Janes for a 2-1 Georgetown advantage.

Hayley Kilburn and Madison Monnin both singled with two outs in the sixth for the Cumberlands, but Kailin Yantz's grounder up the middle was turned into a force out at second to end the threat.

Johnson led off the seventh with a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by James. With two outs England singled to left, plating Johnson to knot the contest at two.

Hannah Stephenson then walked and Ellison followed with a two-run double to leftcenter, giving the Patriots a 4-2 edge.

Georgetown would not go away, though, with Osborn doubling to rightcenter to leadoff the bottom of the seventh before a single through the hole between short and third by Kara Howard put runners on the corners. Howard stole second, putting the tying run in scoring position, but Sigl induced a short fly ball to center and a groundout back to the circle.

With two outs Watson drilled a solid single to center, scoring both runners to even the score again at four, sending the game to extra innings.

 
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