THOMASVILLE — It was back to business for the Thomas University softball team Monday.

Two days after being shut out by the University of Mobile, the Night Hawks’ offense resurfaced in a pounding of Edward Waters at Armory Field. TU swept the Tigers 29-1, 27-1.

“We had Sunday off and I think the girls just came out with the right mindset,” TU coach Tania Black said. “We flushed what happened over the weekend. It’s bound to happen and I told them the most important thing we could do after getting swept is what we do the next time out.”

The Night Hawks (6-2) responded in a positive fashion with its offense running on all cylinders Monday, scoring in every inning and batting around in all but one.

Freshman catcher Stephanie Beatty shined brightest among TU’s offensive starters. After being held hitless in the first game, Beatty dominated the Tigers’ Jeanette Hilton in the nightcap. In her final three at-bats, Beatty homered twice, including a grand slam and doubled to drive in nine runs.

“She’s going to do a lot of great things for us,” Black said. “She doesn’t let a bad at-bat get to her. She’s always smiling no matter what she does.”

Beatty had plenty of help, though. The Night Hawks hammered nine home runs on the day, five coming in game two. Designated hitter Jackie Bates clobbered her sixth and seventh home runs of the season. Joanne Tosh also hit two home runs while Tina Donaldson, Brittany Berthold and Stacey Ward each added one.

While the Night Hawks were hammering the ball, the Tigers were shut down by freshmen pitchers Courtney Scruggs and Lindsey Hansen.

Scruggs allowed just two hits in game on, both coming in the fourth inning as Edward Waters scored its lone run. First baseman Diamyn Woods lashed a single into right field and the ball skipped past right fielder Kim Burns. TU second baseman Revana Rainwater’s relay throw to third base was off its mark allowing Woods to score.

The Tigers managed four hits off Hansen and scored in the fifth on a wild throw from Beatty to third base. Edward Waters’ run followed TU’s largest inning as the Night Hawks posted 12 runs in the fourth, highlighted by Beatty’s grand slam and 13 hits.

The Night Hawks now head to Montgomery, Ala. for the Faulkner tournament this weekend.

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