GEORGETOWN, Ky. – A go-ahead home run in the top of the seventh inning by Taylor Kotzo proved to be the deciding factor in Game 2 against Georgetown College, completing the series split Saturday afternoon in the Pride’s first games of the season.
PNW (1-1) defeated the Tigers (8-4), in the second game, 4-3, but dropped the opening contest 9-6.
Junior Kyleigh Payne (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bishop McNamara) finished the day 3-for-7 with a two-run home run in her first at-bat with the Pride, while sophomore Olivia Sardella (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) also finished the day with three hits and three runs scored.
Holly Pagan (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) also had a nice day at the plate, recording four hits with a run and an RBI to help lead the Pride’s offense.
Game 2: PNW 4, Georgetown College 3
Kotzo (Munster, Ind./Munster) put the Pride on the board first, with an RBI-single in the second inning which drove in Pagan who doubled earlier in the inning to make it 1-0.
A trio of doubles from Sardella, Payne and Pagan propelled the Pride to a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning, but the Tigers would answer with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to even the score, 3-3.
Kotzo would answer with what would be the game-winning homer in the top of the seventh, helping give the Black and Gold a 4-3 victory.
Senior Caroline Brown (Minooka, Ill./Minooka Community) pitched a complete game for PNW, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out three to pick up her first win of the season.
Game 1: Georgetown College 9, PNW 6
Payne would give the Black and Gold an early 2-0 on her first home run of the season in the top of the first inning, but the Tigers would answer back and even the score at 2-2 heading to the top of the third.
Purdue Northwest broke out with four runs in the top of the third inning to go ahead 6-2, but the Tigers would answer again with a three-run third making it 6-5.
Georgetown College would score four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the 9-6 victory over the Pride.
The Black and Gold return to the field tomorrow afternoon, when the Pride take on Cincinnati Christian in a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. (CT).