CBC heads to Hattiesburg bracket championship series

Hattiesburg, Miss. – Hoping to stave off elimination twice on Tuesday, #19 Central Baptist College softball took on #10 William Carey and #23 Truett McConnell in a pair of elimination games. CBC (34-14) got great pitching and amazing defense and headed to Hattiesburg Bracket title series after beating WCU (39-11) 4-0 and TMU (32-15) 5-1.

Allie Burroughs and Hannah Work drew the starts and both pitched brilliantly. Katie Goike was the offensive star in game two, going 4-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

GAME 1 – #19 CBC 4, #10 WCU 0

CBC gave Burroughs all the runs of support she needed in the first inning, going ahead 3-0 on five hits, all with two outs. Allison Seats started the rally with a single and Baleigh Jackson followed with a single of her own. Katie Gordon would give CBC the lead with a two-run triple and she would score on a single by Tobi Finley. From there, it was all Burroughs as she limited WCU to just two hits through six, allowing an insurance run to cross the plate for the Mustangs in the seventh, courtesy of a Goike groundout. WCU would threaten, putting runners on the corners with two outs before Burroughs coaxed a groundout back to the circle to end it. She threw a complete game five hitter, walking two, hitting a batter and striking out three for her 14th win of the season.

GAME TWO – #19 CBC 5, #23 TMU 1

Neither team would score until the third inning, when CBC finally pushed a run across in the top half to lead 1-0. Lauren Anderson singled to lead off the inning, was moved to second on a bunt by Alyssa Estrada and came home on Goike’s RBI single. Work was cruising, allowing just one hit through the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth, allowing a triple and a single with one out that tied the score at 1-1 and leaving the game for reliever Ysabella Esquivel. Esquivel would shut down the TMU offense in the fifth and CBC retook the lead in the sixth on two-out RBI double by Skylar Lee that scored Jackson. Esquivel would get around a two-out double in the sixth and allow the Mustangs to stretch the lead, which they did courtesy of an error and a Finley single to make it 5-1. Truett McConnell would threaten in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs before Esquivel struck out the final batter of the game looking. Work did not factor in the decision, going 4.1 innings and allowing a run on three hits with a walk, a hit batter and two Ks. Esquivel earned her third relief win of the season, going the final 2.2 innings and allowing just four hits while striking out two.

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