LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Franklin College softball team continued a four-game road trip on Tuesday afternoon with two games against Transylvania University in a rematch of the 2017 HCAC championship game.
Highlighting the afternoon were a pair of dominant pitching performances from the Grizzlies (17-5, 4-2 HCAC) top two arms. The opener saw the Grizzlies get a stellar performance from Olivia Paszek but the Pioneers (21-5, 7-1 HCAC) came away with a 1-0 win in 10 innings.
Game two was dominated by sophomore Kayla Selzer, who recorded her first career shutout. The FC bats would come through in the night cap, pounding out 15 hits in a 10-0 six-inning win.
Game One: Transylvania 1 – Franklin 0 (10 inn.)
The opener was a slugfest between Paszek and Transylvania starter Renae Morton, who wasted no time racking up strikeouts. Both teams were hitless until the fifth inning when each team came away with a hit. Paszek and Morton would allow just two hits each, sending the opener to extra innings with no score.
The game would head to the 10th, where the Pioneers were able to get the game-winning sacrifice fly to end the showdown between two of the top pitchers in the league.
Paszek (10-1) finished the game with a season-high 14 strikeouts and no walks to just three hits allowed, giving her 11 complete games on the year.
Game Two: Franklin 10 – Transylvania 0 (6 inn.)
After being held in check in the opener, the Franklin offense wasted no time taking their frustration out on game two starter Kameron Bowling. Three batters in, the Grizzlies were on the board when Alexis Tarver singled home Lexi Gaffney. Two batters later, Tarver came home on a Justice Carmichael RBI double to stretch the lead to 2-0.
Two innings later, the Grizzlies got RBI singles from Tarver and Shelby Mager, as well as a two-run double from Natalie Weber to take a six-run lead. Tarver recorded her third run-scoring hit of the day with an RBI double in the fourth and added a fourth in the top of the sixth, bringing home Monica Collins with an RBI single.
Grace Paszek would add an RBI ground out and Weber would cap the scoring with an RBI single later in the sixth.
It would be more than enough run support for Selzer (7-3), who scattered eight hits, struck out one and did not allow a free pass on her way to her first career shutout. Tarver went 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. Gaffney reached and scored all four times she came to the plate.
Franklin will be back in action at home on Saturday (Apr. 14), when they welcome Bluffton University to town for a pair of HCAC contests. First pitch from Behrens Field is set for 1:00 p.m.