Long Ball Leads Lady Cougars Past Georgia College
Columbus – Back-to-back homeruns in the sixth inning gave Columbus State a pair of insurance runs as they defeated Georgia College by a score of 3-1 Tuesday afternoon in a Peach Belt Conference matchup at Cougar Field in Columbus, Georgia.
With one out in the sixth, Kara Gordon hit a line drive over the left-centerfield wall to give the Lady Cougars a 2-0 advantage. Morgan Staffins then came up and hit a towering bomb to leftfield for her eighth homerun of the season.
CSU (35-18, 10-9) dodge a bullet in the top half of the frame which began with a walk and single to put runners on first and second before a passed ball advanced both into scoring position. Frankie Walls then hit a humpback liner to second base for the first out of the inning.
Trying to intentionally walk Whitney Okvist, the ball hit off Casey Googe's mitt and got away but the carom came right back to her. Pinch-runner Natalie Lampert broke for home on the play but then scooted back to third but Mikayla Sparks was standing there. Sparks got in a rundown allowing Lampert to try and score, but Lampert also got in a rundown and was tagged out on the play by Googe. With Sparks trying to retreat back to second, Kristen Gregory ended the unusual double play by tagging out Sparks.
Neither team threatened in the early innings of the game until Googe delivered a clutch two-out double in the third. Morgan Knight started the rally with a two-out single to centerfield. Googe smacked a double to right-centerfield scoring Knight all the way from first on the play.
An inning later, Staffins led off with a double to left-centerfield but was stranded as the next three batters got out.
Mollie Russell picked up the win improving to 17-10 on the year as she allowed an unearned run over seven innings on just three hits and one walk. She also struck out two. During the month of April, Russell has tossed 40.2 innings while allowing just three earned runs.
Staffins was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk for Columbus State. Rubio, Knight, Googe and Gordon all had a hit as well.
Sabrina Chandler suffered the loss giving up three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings of work. She also punched out five Lady Cougars. Haley Burnett paced the Georgia College (25-22, 9-10) offense going 2-for-3 while Mikayla Sparks had the only other hit.