BRISTOL -- The Tusculum College softball team opened the final week of its regular season with a doubleheader sweep at King College on Monday afternoon.
The Pioneers won the opener 8-2 behind an 11-hit attack, and took game two 4-3 in eight innings as Elizabeth Johnson recorded her 24th win of the season.
In the opener, the Pioneers broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the fourth, and added four more in the fifth and one in the sixth to support the pitching of Kaytlin Stroinski (2-6), who allowed just two first-inning runs and struck out five in a complete-game performance.
Tusculum finished with 11 hits in the contest, including 2-for-3 performances from Ashley Burke and Ashley Bagley and 2-for-4 efforts from Katie Brennan and Lindsey Umberger. Savannah Ewing, Stroinski and Brennan all scored two runs.
In game two, the Pioneers improved to 4-0 in extra-inning games this season as Umberger delivered the go-ahead single in the top of the eighth inning, and Johnson worked out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the bottom of the inning to improve her record to 24-9.
The Pioneers (29-18) will be back in action Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. for a key South Atlantic Conference doubleheader against Lenoir-Rhyne.