DANVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore designated player Brooke Boils hit a game-ending grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to push Campbellsville University past the University of Pikeville 7-3.
With the win, the Tigers remain alive in the 2012 Mid-South Conference softball tournament, where they will play at 11 a.m. on Friday.
Pikeville (17-34) sees its season come to an end.
The Bears had taken the lead in the top of the eighth when designated player Hannah Vinson smashed a 1-1 pitch over the fence in centerfield to go ahead 3-2. For Vinson – a junior finishing her playing career – it was the fourth home run of the season.
Campbellsville (34-21), however, had the heart of its order coming up in the bottom of the inning and took advantage of it.
Left fielder Erin Benton led off with a single to center and moved up on a sacrifice bunt. She tied the game when first baseman Heather Oakley singled to center. The Tigers loaded the bases on singles by right fielder Jennifer England and catcher Sara Paragon, both of which barely eluded the glove of UPIKE right fielder Brandi Jo Howard.
That set the stage for Burns, the Albany, Ky., who ripped the first pitch over the centerfield fence for her third homer of the season to send her team on in the tournament.
The Bears scored two in the top of the first. Left fielder Shamy Williams drew a two-out walk. She moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and scored when Vinson doubled to left. Second baseman Emily Castle doubled into the gap in left-center to deliver Vinson.
The Tigers responded with one in the bottom of the frame. Junior Emma Napier led off with a single to left and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Jordan Cornett and scored on a two-out single by third baseman Bailey Dillender.
Campbellsville evened the count in the bottom of the sixth when Paragon hit a leadoff home run to center.
Vinson had half of Pikeville’s six hits, including a double and the homer while scoring two and driving in two. Pitcher Kayla Morgan doubled and pinch-hitter Sarah Kinney added a single.
Campbellsville’s 13-hit attach saw Paragon, Boils, Napier, Dillender and England lace two each. Benton, Oakley and Cornett had one each.
Sophomore Taylor Wroe pitched the final 4-2/3 for the win. She struck out six while allowing three hits and one run in relief of sophomore Courtney Turpin, who allowed three hits and a pair of runs in the first 3-1/3.
Morgan went the distance for the Bears striking out seven in the loss.