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Georgetown College scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth to take the lead and Hannah Morton settled down after a rough first inning to get the victory in the circle, helping the Tigers to a 5-3 win over Cumberland University in an elimination game of the Mid-South Conference Softball Championships here Friday afternoon at Michael O. Buchanon Park.
Georgetown (33-13) advances to take on Shawnee State in another elimination game on Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time, while Cumberland ends its season with the loss.
Morton (11-2) allowed two runs in the first inning but escaped without further damage after the Phoenix (17-33-1) loaded the bases with no outs. The righthander gave up just two hits over the next five innings while her teammates chipped away and eventually took the lead. She allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
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.
Georgetown College softball opens Mid-South Conference play 2 pm EST in Bowling Green, Ky. against University of the Cumberlands. The Tigers (32-12) will then play a to-be-determined opponent at 6 pm EST based on the results of everyone's first round in the double-elimination tournament.
Thursday evening, though, all seven teams took a moment to honor the collective good season for the league with the annual banquet.
GC had eight young ladies earn all-conference honors and another earn Gold Glove recognition for the best fielding percentage at her specific fielding position.
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.
Georgetown College softball split day two with University of Pikeville. The Tigers (31-12, 14-7) used five runs in the third to put game one away, 6-3, but the Bears roared to life to avoid the sweep in game four. The host team hit four home runs and won 11-4.
Two bunts and a walk loaded the bases in the top of the third of game one and the flood gates opened. GC scored five runs on six hits and no UPike (15-27, 7-17) errors. Chaselyn Allgeier led the way with 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Kara Howard went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Chelsae Osborn had a two-RBI double in the third for her lone hit of the game.
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