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A senior starting and ending a game with homeruns, a junior pitching a perfect game striking out 14 of the 15 batters she faced, and a sophomore breaking a single season homerun record made for quite an eventful Tiger Softball Senior Day.
Whitney Ealey ripped a solo shot in the lead-off spot and then crushed a three-run homerun in the Tigers (29-12) 10-0 mercy-rule win over Asbury University (15-10) Thursday. Between games Ealey and fellow senior Rachel Johnson were honored for there four years of dedication to the program.
In the same game, Michelle Dresselhaus notched her 13th win of the season with the no-no. She has 10 complete games this season, eight shutouts and 124 strikeouts (tied for third on GC's all-time strikeout leaders).
Sophomore Mallory Johnson hit homeruns in each of her first at bats of each game, giving her nine for the season. The second baseman surpasses Kara Renfro (2006) and Calista Capin (2004), who each had eight homeruns in a season.
Ealey's long balls were her lone hits of game one, but she finished with four RBI and two runs on 2-of-4 hitting. Rachel Johnson went 2-of-3 with two runs scored, while her sister Mallory helped get the game going with a two-run homerun during a six-run first inning.
Those three combined for six of GC's 10 hits, five of the 10 runs and seven RBI of game one.
Madelyn Brown accounted for the other three runs in the first inning, with a base clearing double to right. The catcher went 2-of-3 from the plate with one run scored to go with her three RBI. Taylor Shaw went 1-of-2 with two runs scored.
Game two was much closer, 5-1, but no less explosive. Mallory Johnson's ninth homerun of the season and second of the night gave GC a quick 1-0 lead.
The Eagles finally got their bats going in the top of the third to push across their lone run, but then the Tigers took control. Chelsea Riney started the bottom of the third with a single and stole second. She came around on Ealey's single, who reached third on the throw to home. Ealey then gave her team a two-run cushion when she stole home.
GC added runs in the fourth and fifth innings for the final margin of victory.
Ealey went 3-of-3 with two runs scored and an RBI in what might have been her final game at Tiger Stadium. Mallory Johnson added a 2-of-3 performance with one run scored and an RBI.
Weather permitting Georgetown will have one final home doubleheader Saturday against Mid-South Conference rival University of the Cumberlands.
First pitch is set for noon.
|Concordia University vs||4:15pm|
|NAIA National Tournament Pool Play Pool B|
|NAIA National Tournament Single Elimination|
|Indiana Wesleyan University||EST|