DANVILLE, Ky. – Freshman starting pitcher Jessica Claxton threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Georgetown, as the Tigers defeated the Cumberland softball team, 3-0 and 4-0, to win the Mid-South Conference Championship Sunday at Millennium Park.
Georgetown (37-13) scored first during a three-run fourth of game two, and it was all the Tigers would need as Claxton shut the Bulldogs down from start to finish. GC added a run on an error during the bottom of the sixth to bring the score to its final, 4-0.
The season comes to a close for the Bulldogs (38-20-1), who won a program-record 38 games during the campaign. The year marked the second straight time CU has fallen in the championship game of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.
In game one, the two squads remained scoreless through three innings before the Tigers struck first in the fourth. Shelby Engle opened the frame with a one-out single and, following a sacrifice bunt, Sandy Young doubled to the left-center field gap to make it 1-0.
That was all Georgetown would need, as starting pitcher Kayla Williams shut the Bulldogs down, allowing just six hits and a walk over the complete-game shutout.
Cumberland had chances in nearly every inning, collecting hits in all but a pair of them, but left five runners aboard in the contest. Georgetown added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth, as Ashley Coppage lifted a two-out, pinch-hit homer down the left field line, plating Young, as well.
Williams allowed a pair of singles in the bottom of the sixth, however a pop-out doubleplay put an end to the threat. The Bulldogs went down in order in the seventh, as GC forced the winner-take-all game two.
Senior Courtney Maynard took the loss in the contest, allowing just one earned run on four hits in five innings. The Lancaster, Tenn., native struck out five and did not walk a batter. Senior Jessica Lozano finished the game, going the final two innings while allowing two runs on one hit and a walk.
Cumberland drew two walks and a hit batter in game two, but were unable to get in the hit column during the contest. The Bulldogs bid farewell to eight seniors this season, as Emily Nicholson, Shawnee Kirk, Sarah Murray, Caroline Curran, Courtney Maynard, Victoria Bennett, Jessica Lozano and Devon Jamerson each have played their final game for the Bulldogs.