Columbus State Offense Scores Early, Best Georgia Southwestern 6-1
Americus – Columbus State scored four runs in the first two innings including a two-run homerun by Kristen Gregory as the Lady Cougars defeated Georgia Southwestern 6-1 in a Peach Belt Conference matchup Saturday afternoon at Lady Cane Field in Americus, Georgia.
CSU upped its mark to 27-16 on the year and 6-7 in league action while the Lady Canes fall to 17-26 overall and 2-13 in conference play.
The Lady Cougars jumped out to an early lead as Kara Gordon delivered a two-out run producing double down the leftfield line. Morgan Knight scored on the play after drawing a one-out walk.
An inning later the offense was back at it this time putting up a three-spot on the board. Kori Waugh began the frame with a double and moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt. Branigan Wix then walked and stole second to get into scoring position. Waugh scored on the play as GSW's shortstop committed an error making it a 2-0 contest.
Kristen Gregory doubled the lead for the Lady Cougars with one swing of the bat as the senior launched her first homerun of the season to make it 4-0 in favor of the visitors.
Georgia Southwestern got their lone run of the game in the bottom half of the inning when Mason Moreland singled to the shortstop plating Katie Wooten.
Just like the first inning, Kara Gordon drove in Morgan Knight with a double, this time to left-centerfield in the fifth frame. Knight again reached via a walk. With two on and two out, Taylor Turner ripped a liner but GSW shortstop Janna Anderson came up with a play limiting the damage in the inning.
CSU put the finishing touches on the scoring in the sixth which began with Wix hitting a triple down the leftfield line. Pinch-hitter Lucy Lamb then delivered a RBI single to right-centerfield making it a 6-1 ballgame.
Mollie Russell (13-9) struggled a bit with her control issuing five walks over six innings but still managed to limit the Lady Cane offense to just one run over six innings of work. Kristen Carr tossed the final inning, recording one strikeout in the process.
Gordon, Waugh and Gregory paced the offense as each Lady Cougar picked up two hits in the ballgame. Knight and Wix each scored twice for CSU.
Katie Maddox suffered the loss for Georgia Southwestern lasting just two innings. She gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits and a pair of walks. Brittny Dennison worked the final five innings allowing two runs on five hits and five free passes. Hayley Knight had the lone multi-hit game for the Lady Canes going 2-for-4.