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Napier, Oakley lead Lady Tigers in softball sweep

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Now in first place in conference race

By CU Press Release

Campbellsville University’s Lady Tigers added yet another conference sweep to their record on Tuesday by defeating Georgetown College.
Senior Emma Napier and junior Heather Oakley led CU which is undefeated in conference play at 8-0 and 16-8 overall.
Napier, a senior shortstop, gave CU the only runs it needed for the 2-1 victory over Georgetown in game one.
The Scottsville native went yard in the first CU at-bat and then again in the last to secure the win.
“Emma has been doing great things for us,” head coach Shannon Wathen said. “She is batting close to .500 right now and leading our team offensively. She is really stepping up as a senior.”
Napier was the only Lady Tiger to manage a hit in her first at-bat. Both Napier and Kacie Vincent gave CU their next two hits in the bottom of the third with singles, but were left stranded.
The teams were tied 1-1 until Napier’s homer ended the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Freshman pitcher Victoria Decker allowed only two Georgetown hits out of their 24 at-bats, striking out five.
Following Napier’s 3-4 performance was Vincent (2-3) with two singles. Sarah Paragon, Kristen Benton and Heather Oakley all three managed one single apiece.
Napier has nine home runs on the season.
Although Georgetown out-hit CU 7-6 in the second game, the visitors were unable to push across enough runs, leaving seven on base and giving CU the 4-1 victory.
 Junior Heather Oakley led the home-standing Lady Tigers in batting, going 2-3 and ending her at-bats with a two-run homer.
Kristen Benton was walked in the bottom of the second and quickly took second base on a wild pitch. Oakley followed by singling to shortstop and advancing Benton to third base. With two outs, third-baseman Brooke Boils singled to center field, allowing Benton to score and giving the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Georgetown tied the score in the top of the fifth after a double from Taylor Shaw paved the way for senior Mallory Johnson to single and bring in the RBI.
Freshman Lady Tiger Shelby Ray was walked in the bottom of the inning, followed by a Napier grounder to the second baseman. Ray was put out at second on the fielder’s choice. Senior Kacie Vincent singled to center, advancing Napier to third, but interference from GC’s shortstop allowed Napier to score and put CU on top again 2-1.
Oakley added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on her two-run homer, scoring Sarah Paragon who reached on a fielder’s choice.
Following Oakley’s 2-3 performance was Napier, Vincent, Boils and Ray each with one hit.
Freshman pitcher Kelsi Pardue struck out 10 in her seven innings and allowed only one run.
The Lady Tigers host UVA-Wise on Saturday.