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Tusculum softball sweeps Coker on Senior Day

Tusculum softball sweeps Coker on Senior Day
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tusculum College softball team closed out its 2015 home slate with a pair of victories over Coker College on Saturday at Red Edmonds Field. The Pioneers won the first contest 8-0 in five innings before rallying to win the second game 5-4. Senior shortstop Kaytlin Stroinski was 5-for-6 between the two contests and drove in three runs on Senior Day.

TC improves its overall mark to .500 at 19-19 and sees its South Atlantic Conference record improve to 7-11 while Coker falls to 21-20 overall and 7-7 in the league. The Pioneers will close out the 2015 regular season with four games on the road beginning at Carson-Newman University on Wednesday.

Game 1: Tusculum 8, Coker 0 (5) (Box Score)

TC used a six-run fifth inning to defeat Coker 8-0 in the first game of the doubleheader. Stroinski led the way for the Pioneers with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate with a pair of RBIs.

Treslyn Reese had two hits and two RBIs including a double, while Bailey Culler and Alix Kruel were also both 2-for-3 from the dish. Brooke Rhodes drove in two runs with a hit and Taylor Lewis also had an RBI on a base knock.

Rachel Medley (8-9) had two strikeouts and no walks while scattering five hits in five innings of work. Tabitha Allen (13-13) took the loss after surrendering 12 hits and five earned runs with a walk.

TC jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of first-inning runs. Robin Stoner had a two-out single before Stroinski hit the first of her three doubles that brought in the first run of the day. Stroinski later came around to score on Rees's single to center field.

The Pioneers were kept off the scoreboard for the next three frames, but Medley also kept the Cobras at bay and didn't allow a run in that span. Carolyn Williamson had a leadoff walk to begin the bottom of the fifth. Following a sacrifice bunt by Stoner, the Pioneers strung together four-straight hits, which brought in three runs.

Allen finally recorded an out when she got Nicole Ball to hit into a fielder's choice, but Lewis then stepped up to the plate and drove in a run with a single to right field that gave TC a 6-0 lead. With Lewis and Ball at second and third, Rhodes singled through the right side of the infield. The runners came around to score which invoked the mercy rule as the Pioneers walked off with the 8-0 victory.

Game 2: Tusculum 5, Coker 4 (Box Score)

Tusculum erased a 3-2 deficit with a three-run sixth inning, and held on to claim a 5-4 victory and earn the doubleheader sweep of Coker.

Trailing by a run heading to the bottom of the sixth, Bailey Culler hit a one-out single to become the first base runner of the frame. The Cobras' Brittany Long (8-5) got Alix Kruel to flyout for the second out of the inning, but Ball stepped up and hit a double to deep right field, which allowed Culler to come around and score from first and tie the game at 3-3.

Ball advanced to third on the play by a Cobra throwing error and Jenna Restivo was then called upon to pinch hit. Restivo singled home the go-ahead run through the left side of the infield as TC took a 4-3 lead. Rhodes added a key insurance run later in the frame with an RBI single to give the Pioneers a 5-3 advantage heading to the decisive seventh inning.

TC's Eliza Davis (9-8) recorded a quick first out, but gave up a double in the next at bat to Kaytlin Szupello. Szupello later advanced to third on a groundout, but Szupello scored on Ashlee Ellen's double to cut the score to 5-4. However, Davis induced a groundout by Taylor Barcomb as Ball sealed the Pioneer victory with a nice play at third to end the game.

Williamson and Stroinski were both 2-for-3 at the plate, while Rhodes, Reese, Ball and Restivo each had a hit and an RBI. Davis earned the win after surrendering just one earned run in four and two-thirds innings in relief of starter Cayla Cecil. Both Cecil and Davis also each had a strikeout.

Szupello was 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs while Ellen and Riely Morris each had two base hits. Long gave up four earned runs on nine hits with three walks.






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