Tiffin University (2-0) opened with some solid softball action, dispatching Carson-Newman (10-4) 3-2 in 8 innings while also beating Lincoln Memorial 2-1 in their season opener at the Mid-South Classic in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Against C-N, the Dragons got strong pitching from Tiffany Snell, who went 8 innings and scattered 7 hits while fanning 8.
After Carson-Newman tied the game in the bottom of the second inning, TU went back on top in the 6th inning when Besser-Paul walked and moved to second on another sacrifice bunt. Libby Crow then came through with an RBI double as TU reclaimed the lead.
Carson-Newman then tied the game with a two-out single in the bottom of the 7th inning, forcing extra innings.
For TU, Lindsay Graves was placed at second. With two outs, Ally Rock walked, bringing up Hayley Kobie as a pinch hitter. She came through with a clutch single to put TU ahead heading to the bottom of the inning.
C-N managed to get their runner over to third with just one out, but Snell pitched out of trouble, fanning the final two batters.
In the opener against Lincoln Memorial, Kimmy Reynolds went 6 innings for the win, allowing 7 hits and 1 earned run while fanning 7. Snell came in for the final inning to get the save.
Tiffin opened up the second inning with singles from Chloe Swaisgood and Libby Crow, with both players advancing on Amanda Rock's sacrifice. April Bennett then singled for one run, followed by Jamie Sevenish with another single as TU took a 2-0 lead.
LM got their run in the 3rd inning, but it was all TU pitching from there, as Reynolds only allowed one more batter to reach second base over her remaining three innings. Snell shut down Lincoln Memorial 1-2-3 in the 7th inning.