Lady Cougars Fall to No. 10 Armstrong 3-2
Savannah – Kori Waugh hit a seventh inning homerun but it wasn't enough as No. 10 Armstrong Atlantic State University picked up a 3-2 victory over Columbus State in a Peach Belt Conference battle Friday afternoon at the Armstrong Softball Field in Savannah, Georgia.
CSU drops to 26-13 on the year and 5-4 in the PBC while the Pirates improve to 32-8 overall and 8-1 in league action.
Armstrong took advantage of an error in the bottom half of the first which began with the leadoff hitter reaching on a bobbled catch that the umpire ruled her safe. A sacrifice bunt moved Shelby Duff up a base before a bloop single by Heather Walker plated the game's first run.
The Pirates were able to tack on another run in the third when a wild pitch hit off the plate and went over the backstop allowing April Jowers to score from second base. Jowers reached on a single to leftfield earlier in the frame.
There was more small-ball played in the fifth allowing Armstrong to score their final run of the game pushing their lead to 3-0. Following back-to-back singles, Whitney Galloway bunted the runners up a base. A comebacker went off the glove of CSU starter Mollie Russell but the carom went to Kara Gordon who through the runner out at first. Duff scored on the play for the Pirates.
Columbus State had a couple of opportunities early in the game but was unable to capitalize on them. That didn't stop the Lady Cougars from making things interesting in the seventh inning. Casey Googe ripped a single through the left side to get things going. After two quality
at-bats resulted in outs, Kori Waugh blasted a two-run homerun to dead centerfield bringing the visitors to within one, 3-2. Unfortunately a groundout to the shortstop in the next at-bat ended the rally.
Mollie Russell (12-8) suffered the loss tossing six innings while allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a pair of walks. Googe, Waugh, Morgan Knight and Branigan Wix each picked up a hit for the Lady Cougars.
Megan Barnwell improved to 13-3 on the season surrendering two runs over seven innings of work. She gave up just four hits and no free passes while striking out seven. Heather Walker picked up a pair of RBIs as she went 1-for-2 with a walk on the day.