GEORGETOWN – A 10-game losing streak to Georgetown College was snapped on Wednesday as the University of Pikeville softball team got a 4-for-4 day from Taylor Weeks to help win 3-2 in game one. The Tigers bounced back in the finale to earn the split with an 8-0 win in six innings.
While Weeks was perfect at the plate, matching a UPIKE season high with four hits, and first baseman Courtney Morgan was huge with a two-out RBI single in the first inning, the Bears couldn’t have earned their win without a strong performance in the circle by Sydney Morris.
Morris improved to 3-7 on the season after allowing just two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and just one free pass in a complete-game seven innings. Georgetown’s Kayla Williams dropped to 5-3 with the loss after giving up three runs on five hits with three strikeouts in four innings of work.
UPIKE led 2-0 after the first inning as centerfielder Brandi Jo Howard led off with a double, moved to third on a single from Weeks and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from catcher Eady Beth Connally. Morgan made it 2-0 after her single to center drove home Weeks.
The lead reached 3-0 in the third inning when second baseman Emily Castle roped a two-out RBI single down the left-field line. The Tigers didn’t fire back until the fifth inning with a single run off a double from catcher Hayden Seng. They added one more in the seventh on a single by third baseman Cassidy Taylor.
It was a nerve-wracking ending for UPIKE as Georgetown had runners on third and second down one with two outs. Morris got out of the jam with a pop out to the shortstop and groundout to second.
Following the dramatic win, Georgetown used a flurry of late scoring to earn the split with a run-rule shortened win in game two. The Tigers led just 3-0 after four innings, but scored four runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to bring the game to a close.
Pikeville tallied just three hits in the loss, with Weeks picking up one and a walk, while Castle and third baseman Hollie Winkle both went 1-for-3. For Georgetown, it was first baseman Marissa Massie doing the bulk of the damage with two RBIs, two runs and a walk on her two hits.
Leading 2-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Tigers made it a three-run hame as centerfielder Chelsea Riney hit the only home run of the doubleheader with a solo shot to center.
Weeks’ walk was all the Bears could muster in the next inning before Georgetown took control with four runs on three hits. After Pikeville went three up, three down in the sixth, the Tigers took advantage with an RBI single from Massie to go up by eight and end the game.
Shelby Engle (1-1) picked up her first win of the season, allowing just three hits with seven strikeouts in six innings. Lauren Barnes (2-6) took the loss for the Bears after scattering seven hits for two runs in 3-1/3 innings.
Pikeville will be back in action at 2 p.m. on Friday, hosting Bluefield at Paul Butcher Field.
Pikeville 3, Georgetown 2
Taylor Weeks: 4-4, 2B, R
Courtney Morgan: 1-2, RBI, BB
Brandi Jo Howard: 1-4, 2 R, 2B
Sydney Morris: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 Ks, BB
Georgetown 8, Pikeville 0 (6 innings)
Taylor Weeks: 1-2, BB
Emily Castle: 1-3
Hollie Hinkle: 1-3