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PNW Softball Splits with Georgetown College in Season Opener

February 25, 20171234567RHE
Purdue Northwest2040000682
Georgetown College113004X9150
Win: Morton (0-0) 2.276613
Loss: Headley (0-1) 6.0159612
Payne (PNW) 322311
Pagan (PNW) 412000
Osborn (GC) 434100
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Purdue Northwest0100021490
Georgetown College0000030370
Win: Brown (1-0) 7.073333
Loss: Lozano (0-0) 7.094416
Sardella (PNW) 412000
Pagan (PNW) 312100
Kotzo (PNW) 312201
Allgeier (GC) 401000
Osborn (GC) 111020
Howard (GC) 411000
Goyette (GC) 311301
Robinson (GC) 201010
James (GC) 201000
Janes (GC) 201000
PNW Softball Splits with Georgetown College in Season Opener
Saturday, February 25, 2017
PNW Softball Splits with Georgetown College in Season Opener

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).