Lady Cougars Drop Twinbill to Augusta State
COLUMBUS– The Columbus State softball team dropped a pair of one run games this afternoon to Augusta State falling in game one 6-5 and 4-3 in game two at Jaguar Field in Augusta, Ga. With the sweep CSU falls to 36-12 on the year and 12-6 in Peach Belt conference play. Augusta State improves to 29-15 on the season and 10-8 in league play.
Augusta State jumped right on Columbus State in game one. Kristen Jones blasted a two-run shot over the fence in center to put the Jaguars up 2-0 after one inning of play.
CSU used a little long ball of its own to tie the game up in the top half of the third as Morgan Staffins launched a two-run shot of her own to left, tying the game at 2 all.
The tie would be short lived as ASU would plate two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to make it 4-2 after three. The Jaguars would add more one more the following inning on an RBI double to extend the lead to 5-2 after four innings of play.
The Lady Cougars would claw their way back into the game in the top of the fifth. Lauren Reader and Morgan Staffins both singled to start things before Casey Googe launched a bomb of her own to left, tying the game right back up at 5.
ASU would add a run of its own in the home half of the fifth on an RBI double from Kacee Camp to make it 6-5. That run would be prove to be the deciding one, as CSU would be unable to push across a run the final two innings, falling 6-5 in game one.
Kristi Bullard started game one for CSU in the circle, working four innings allowing five earned runs on five hits. Jennifer suffered the loss in relief, falling to 3-1 on the season. Isasi worked two innings allowing one hit and one earned run.
Augusta State controlled game two from the onset, scoring a run in each of the first four innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
After a popout, Morgan Staffins, who was 3-for-3 in game two, recorded her third hit of the game and it was a big one, as the sophomore first baseman launched a three-run bomb over the fence in left to make it a 4-3 ballgame.
That would be the end of the CSU rally; however, as Jaguar pitcher Emily Headrick would record a strikeout and a fly out to secure the 4-3 win game two for ASU. Headrick went the distance for Augusta State allowing three earned runs and six hits, improving her record to 13-3 on the year.
Kelsey Gilliam suffered the loss in game two for CSU, falling to 10-5 on the season. Gilliam worked four innings allowing four runs (two earned). Freshman Erin Tyson worked two scoreless innings in relief.
Staffins led the way at the plate in game two, recording three of the Lady Cougar's six hits and driving in three runs. Keeley Kennedy was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Columbus State will look to bounce back tomorrow as it takes on USC-Aiken to close out the regular season portion of its schedule. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2pm.