Columbus State Softball Posts 9-1 Win Over Auburn-Montgomery in Game One
Columbus – The Columbus State softball team pounded out 14 hits en route to a 9-1 win in game one of a scheduled doubleheader versus Auburn-Montgomery Wednesday afternoon at Cougar Field. CSU improves to 25-6 on the year while AUM drops to 21-4.
The Lady Cougars took command of the game early posting seven runs in the first two innings. In the first, Nina Rubio slapped a one-out hit and stole second during Casey Googe's at-bat. Googe then ripped a double down the leftfield line knocking in Rubio. Following a pop out, Kara Gordon singled allowing Googe to score on the play. Morgan Staffins then walked putting runners on first and second before Kristi Bullard helped her own cause plating the third run of the inning.
Courtney Darr started the bottom of the second inning with a single to leftfield. After a flyout, back-to-back singles by Rubio and Googe loaded the bases for CSU. Kori Waugh, Gordon and Staffins each had a RBI single pushing the Columbus State lead to 6-0. Waugh scored the final run of the frame on a wild pitch.
Whitney Wyatt had a single through the left side to start a two-out rally for the Senators in the fourth. Taylor Saint came on to pinch-run for Wyatt and scored all the way from first base on a triple off the bat of B. Richards.
CSU responded right back in the bottom half of the inning which began with another Googe doubled down the leftfield line. Waugh walked putting runners on first and second which allowed Googe to be forced out at third base on a fielder's choice. A single and a walk forced in a run making it an 8-1 ballgame after four innings.
Keeley Kennedy hit a sinking line drive that got underneath a diving centerfield allowing Kennedy to reach third base. Rubio then singled to leftfield to end the game.
Bullard was stellar in the circle working five innings giving up just one run on five hits. She also fanned six in the contest.
Googe and Rubio led the offensive attack each going 3-for-4 scoring twice and knocking in one run. Gordon (2-for-3) and Staffins (2-for-2) also had multi-hit performances for the Lady Cougars.
Auburn-Montgomery had five different players pickup a hit on the afternoon and pinch-runner Saint scored the lone run. Courtney Baker suffered the loss working only two innings while giving up seven runs on 10 hits. Taylor Burt pitched the final two innings allowing a pair of runs on four hits and two walks.