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Softball - Sat, Apr. 29, 2017

Chaselyn Allgeier's single up the middle scored Hannah Howes with the winning run, giving Georgetown College a 5-4 victory in eight innings over Shawnee State in an elimination game of the Mid-South Conference Softball Championships here Saturday morning.

Georgetown stays alive in the loser's bracket and plays again Saturday at 4 p.m. against the winner of Campbellsville University and the University of Pikeville.

Howes drew a two-out walk and Cassidy Janes singled to right before Allgeier's grounder through the middle got past the pitcher and into centerfield. Howes scored easily on the play, ending what was an ugly game for the Tigers, who pounded out 14 hits but stranded nine baserunners and committed four errors, leading to all four Shawnee State (24-24) runs.

Chelsae Osborn and Janes each collected three hits for Georgetown and Allgeier and Alli Watson each added two. Howes singled, walked and scored a pair of runs in the win.

Ashtyn Saunders led the Bears with two runs scored and Marisa Brown was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for SSU.

Audrey Dodd (17-7) allowed four unearned runs on five hits in eight innings to pick up the victory, walking one with three strikeouts. SSU's Brooke Blevins (13-13) took the loss, giving up five runs on 14 hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

The Tigers started the scoring early with a pair of runs in the first after a leadoff triple to leftcenter from Allgeier. Osborn singled over the first baseman's head into rightfield, scoring Allgeier, but Osborn was doubled off on a line drive to the first baseman by Kara Howard. Sydney Goyette followed with a monster blast to dead centerfield, clearing the 225-foot fence, her 11th of the year, for a 2-0 Georgetown lead after an inning.

Shawnee State got a run back in the second when Brown led off with a single and Tara Duncan reached on a fielder's choice, with the throw to second by Osborn errant and off the glove of Howard. The runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Mackenzie Riley and Brown came across on a passed ball, but Dodd got a foul out and a strikeout to end the inning without further damage.

Georgetown added a run in the bottom of the inning after a two-out single from Howes, who stole second. Janes then lined a single over the third baseman's head down the line, plating Howes for a 3-1 edge.

The Bears answered in the third, again with the aid of a Georgetown error. Saunders was hit with one out and Katlyn Gleich reached on a fielding error by Osborn at short. Kayla Koch then dumped a single into short center after an 11-pitch at-bat, loading the bases, and Brown's groundout to short scored Saunders. Duncan's sinking liner was caught around the shoetops by Howes to end the inning, but not before SSU pulled within 3-2.

Georgetown missed a gold opportunity to add to the lead in the fourth when Katie Young reached on a bunt single in front of the plate and stole second. Watson dumped a single into short left, putting runners on the corners, and Watson also stole second for runners on second and third with no outs.

Blevins struck out Hannah Morton and got groundouts from Howes and Janes, keeping the score at 3-2 for the Tigers.

Shawnee State posted its first lead of the game in the fifth, starting with a bunt by Saunders. The throw to first by Watson was on target, but Howard dropped it for the Tigers' third error of the contest. Gleich bunted her to second and with two outs, Brown's soft single off the handle landed in short left, tying the game a three.

Janes then tried to pickoff the runner at first, but her throw sailed into rightfield, allowing the runner to take second. Duncan blooped a single into short rightcenter, plating pinch-runner Madi Phillips with the go-ahead run.

Georgetown knotted the game in the sixth with a one-out single to left by Watson and a double down the rightfield line from Morton. With two outs Janes rolled a single through the hole between short and third, scoring Watson, but Allgeier struck out to end the inning with two runners in scoring position.

In the seventh Osborn singled to center to leadoff and Howard bunted. On the play at first Howard stepped on the foot of SSU second baseman Katie Wolsefer, who went to the ground in pain. Osborn took third on the play, but Goyette popped to short right and Young's deep drive to right was snagged by Riley, sending the game to extra innings.

 
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