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Lady Tigers sweep Virginia-Wise for 10-0 start in MSC

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CU collects 19 hits in 2-1, 14-1 doubleheader

Jordan Cornett, CU Sports Information

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Campbellsville University’s Lady Tigers continue to dominate the Mid-South Conference (MSC) softball race and coach Shannon Wathen’s club swept Virginia-Wise 2-1, 14-1 in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.
The wins put CU at 10-0 in MSC play and also continues the Lady Tigers’ 10-game winning streak.
CU 2, UVA-Wise 1
 Senior lead-off batter Emma Napier continued her hitting spree, pelting a walk-off homer to defeat Virginia-Wise in the opener.
The walk-off was the second of the week for the shortstop, who is currently batting .500 on the season.
 Pitcher Victoria Decker allowed only three hits and had six strikeouts. The freshman now has a 10-1 record and remains undefeated in MSC play (5-0).
The Lady Cavaliers were the first to cross the plate in the top of the second inning when freshman Mindy Combs’  hit cleared the fence in left field.
Campbellsville remained silent until the sixth when three hits produced the first CU run.
Sophomores Kristin Benton and Sara Paragon began the inning with back-to-back singles  before Taylor Borders walked to load the bases.
The Lady Cavs were unable to make the force play at the plate on Heather Oakley’s hit to shortstop which allowing Benton to tie the score.
Wise couldn’t manage a hit in the top of the seventh and Napier stepped up to the plate, putting the second pitch out of the park for the Lady Tigers’ 2-1 victory.
Napier and Paragon both ended with two hits, followed by Benton and Oakley with one apiece.
Campbellsville left eight runners on base.
CU 14, UVA-Wise 1
The CU bats were unstoppable in the nightcap, using 13 hits to dismantle the visitors by run-rule.
Campbellsville batted .520 as a team in their 25 at bats, facing four different Lady Cav pitchers.
Kristin Benton went 3-3 with three RBIs.
The Lady Tigers put up the first run in the bottom of the first.
Napier hit by a pitch, advanced to second on Kacie Vincent’s sacrifice bunt and came in on a single to right field from Benton.
UVA-Wise tied the score in the top of the third, using three hits to push across the run.
Napier responded in the bottom of the inning, leading off with her 12th homer of the season.
Benton and Sara Paragon followed with singles before Borders hit the long-ball, putting across three Campbellsville runs.
Borders finished with five RBIs.
Campbellsville used seven hits and three Virginia-Wise errors for a nine-run fourth inning to close out the lop-sided win.
Campbellsville ended with 13 hits to Wise’s seven.
Benton led with three hits in the second game, followed by Borders and Heather Oakley with two.
Napier scored four times after being given three bases-on-balls to go along with her homer.
Kennedy Shutter, Erin Benton, Paragon, Alyssa Barker and Shelby Ray all ended with one hit apiece.
Lady Tigers with RBIs were: Borders (5), K. Benton (3), Shutter (2), Napier (1), E. Benton (1), Paragon (1), and Oakley (1).
Freshman pitcher Kelsi Pardue pitched four innings for the Lady Tigers, allowing seven hits and striking out 10. Martina Riney pitched the last inning, allowing no hits and striking out two.