Senators Escape with 2-1 Win Over CSU in Game Two
COLUMBUS– After collecting 14 hits in game one, the Columbus State softball team was held to just one hit game two, falling to Auburn-Montgomery 2-1 in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader this afternoon at Cougar Field. The loss snaps an eight game winning streak for CSU and drops its record 25-7 on the season. AUM improves to 22-4 on the year.
Columbus State would take advantage of a Lady Senator defensive mistake in the bottom of the second to plate the first run of the second game. Kori Waugh walked to start things and then stole second. Rocky Hemmer grounded to third but AUM third baseman Rachel Stuart's throw was wild at first, scoring Waugh on the play to give CSU a 1-0 lead.
Auburn-Montgomery would answer right back the following inning. Danielle Kirkpatrick walked to start the inning and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kirkpatrick then moved up to third on a passed ball. Jessica Peppers would then ground out to third, plating Kirkpatrick to tie the game at 1.
The score would remain tied until Ashton Nelson launched a leadoff home to center field in the top of the 5th to give the Lady Senators a 2-1 lead.
Columbus State would be unable to push across a run the final two innings of play, leaving three runners on in those two frames.
AUM starter Brandi Richards would take care of CSU in the home half of the 7th to capture a 2-1 victory in game two. Richards was brilliant for AUM, tossing seven innings, allowing just one hit and one run while also walking seven and registering nine strikeouts.
Kelsey Gilliam suffered the tough loss for CSU as she went six innings, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned).
Kori Waugh registered the only hit and scored the lone run for Columbus State in game two. Waugh was 1-for-2 with a single and also walked.
Columbus State will now turn its attention back to PBC play as UNC-Pembroke comes to town Friday for a crucial conference doubleheader. First pitch is set for 2 pm at Cougar Field.