A seven-run seventh inning in game two helped the Lindsey Wilson softball team come from behind and complete a Mid-South Conference doubleheader sweep of Georgetown (Ky.) on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
The No. 9-ranked Blue Raiders (27-6, 11-3 MSC) trailed 3-1 entering the seventh inning of game two before rallying for seven runs in their final at bat, five of which came with two outs in the inning.
Brittney Graves opened the frame with a single and scored on the next batter when Bailey Mize doubled to make it 3-2. Abbi Goedde then singled and her pinch runner Cassie Kooker moved to second on a ground out to put runners on second and third.
Sydney Fourman reached on a fielder’s choice and Mize was able to score the tying run on a Georgetown throwing error during the play, moving runners to second and third again.
Jenna Firestein then singled home Kooker from third for the go-ahead run with two outs. Chelsea Showers was able to reach on another Tiger error that allowed Fourman to score and make it 5-3.
After an Andrea Whelan walk loaded the bases, Graves came to the plate again and singled to score both Firestein and Showers. Whelan was able to score the final run of the inning on yet another Georgetown error to make it an 8-3 game.
Parden then retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to complete the Blue Raider win. Parden (9-2) picked up the win in relief pitching 3-1/3 innings giving up just two hits without allowing a run.
Georgetown’s Sydney Goyette (6-2) took the loss giving up eight runs – six earned – on six hits in 6-2/3 innings.
Earlier in the game, the Tigers (12-8, 9-5 MSC) plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run Sandy Young home run and a Chelsae Osborn RBI single.
The Blue Raiders drew one back in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Travatia Bowden to make it 3-1. The rest of the game went by scoreless until the comeback effort by Lindsey Wilson in the seventh.
In the opening game of the doubleheader, Lindsey Wilson was able to hang on for the 2-1 victory over the Tigers.
After a scoreless first two innings, the Blue Raiders scored the first run of the game in the third. Fourman hit a leadoff double and was later chased home on a double by Firestein for the 1-0 lead.
Fourman continued her success at the plate in the fifth inning with a leadoff home run to make it 2-0. Georgetown quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead in half after a double steal and error scored one run.
But the Tigers would go down in order in the sixth and seventh innings thanks to a strong effort in the circle from starting pitcher Casey Bryan and the Blue Raider defense. Bryan (11-2) gave up just five hits and allowed one unearned run on the day without recording a strikeout.
Georgetown’s Kayla Williams (5-1) took the loss giving up a pair of earned runs on nine hits in the complete-game effort in the opener.
The Blue Raiders are back on the road on April 7 for a MSC doubleheader at Cumberland (Tenn.)