Googe Breaks Columbus State Homerun Record, Turner No-Hits West Georgia
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Columbus – Casey Googe hit two homeruns in her final two at-bats and Taylor Turner threw her first collegiate no-hitter to propel Columbus State (31-17) to an 8-0 five inning victory over visiting West Georgia Wednesday afternoon at Cougar Field in Columbus, Georgia.
Googe's two homeruns now gives her 18 for the season breaking Brittany Leverett's previous school mark of 17 which was set in 2010. The sophomore now also ranks second nationally in homers two behind Kelsey Tillery of Metro State.
Googe hit her first homerun leading off the third inning over the leftfield wall. An inning later she blasted a two-run shot to left-centerfield. The Columbus native just missed out on the trifecta as her double to right-centerfield in the first inning hit the wall.
Her double scored Morgan Knight on the play who hit a triple to rightfield in the previous at-bat. Kara Gordon made it a 3-0 contest with her own long fly to straight away centerfield. Morgan Staffins made it back-to-back jacks as her ball cleared the batting cages behind the leftfield fence at Cougar Field.
The next three runs scored were driven in on Googe's two homers.
Kristen Gregory ended the contest with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning ending the game due to the eight-run rule. Kori Waugh scored on the play as she was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a Taylor Turner single and then moved up to third on a wild pitch.
Turner (7-4) showed her precision control as she kept the West Georgia hitters off-balance all afternoon allowing just two batters to reach base. It was her second shutout of the season as she three-hit Lincoln Memorial earlier this season.
Columbus State picked up eight hits in the contest led by Googe's 3-for-3, four RBI performance. Kori Waugh walked once and was hit by a pitch but saw her hitting streak end at six games.
Marissa Patterson (2-6) suffered the loss for West Georgia (13-31) lasting just a third of an inning allowing three runs on three hits. Holly Barnlund tossed the next two innings wile Shea McInerny finished the contest working the last 2.1 innings. Ashley Langley drew both walks for the Wolves.
Columbus State returns the diamond on Saturday, April 14 when it hosts UNC Pembroke in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Cougar Field.