Flagler Slips by Columbus State, 5-2
St. Augustine, FL – Columbus State took a 2-1 lead in the third inning but Flagler rallied to score the final four runs of the game pull out a 5-2 Peach Belt Conference victory Sunday afternoon at Flagler Field in St. Augustine, Florida.
CSU drops to 26-16 this season and 5-7 in league action while the Lady Saints improved to 33-11 on the year and 10-4 in Peach Belt play.
Like they did in game one, Flagler struck first scoring a run when Sarah Albino drew a bases loaded walk on a full count to force in a run in the bottom of the second. Two singles and a walk filled the bags with Lady Saints.
The Lady Cougars quickly responded in the next half inning as they took advantage of a defensive miscue. Kaycee Meeks began the frame with a walk. Brooke Nail put down a bunt to move along Meeks but the third baseman was unable to handle it putting runners on first and second. Nina Rubio then successfully moved the runners along with a bunt. Morgan Knight singled up the middle plating Meeks for the first run while Casey Googe just missed a homerun to straightaway centerfield. The ball was deep enough for a sacrifice fly as Nail scored on the play making it a 2-1 ballgame in favor of CSU.
Alona Personius tied the contest with one swing of the bat as she blasted a homer to centerfield in the bottom of the third inning knotting it at 2-2.
Columbus State again put themselves in a hole as the Lady Saints scored the final three runs of the game in the fourth inning on an illegal pitch and two-run error. A double and single to begin the frame put runners on the corners before a fielding error loaded the bases. CSU was then called for an illegal pitch forcing in the game-winning and a two-run error gave Flagler some breathing room.
CSU had at least one runner on in each inning but was only able to muster up two runs for the ballgame.
Taylor Turner suffered the loss falling to 6-4 on the year. She gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and a pair of walks in three innings of action. Kelsey Gilliam worked the final three innings allowing one unearned run on two hits and a free pass. Nina Rubio had the lone multi-hit performance for the Lady Cougars.
Katie Enright improved to 7-3 this season firing a two-run complete game effort. One of her runs allowed was unearned as she surrendered six hits and two walks while striking out six. Roudabush went 2-for-3 for Flagler as six different Lady Saints picked up a hit in the contest.
Columbus State returns to the diamond on Thursday, April 5 when it hosts Georgia College in a crucial Peach Belt Conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at Cougar Field.