Lady Cougars Take Two from Albany State



COLUMBUS– The Columbus State softball team continued its hot play of late, sweeping a pair of non-conference games from visiting Albany State Tuesday afternoon at Cougar Field. Columbus State moves to 29-7 on the year while ASU falls to 5-21 on the season.

Courtney Darr got the call in the circle for CSU in game one of the afternoon.  Darr worked five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and also recorded three strikeouts to move her record to 6-0 on the year.

Columbus State jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings of play behind three RBIs from sophomore Morgan Staffins.  Staffins recorded an RBI single to center in first and followed that up with a two-run home run to left in the third.  Darr added to her own cause in the second, launching her third bomb of the year into the bullpen in left.

The game would remain 4-0 until CSU tacked another four runs on in the bottom of the 5th on a couple more long balls.  Kori Waugh hit her 5th home run of the year down the line in left and Kara Gordon followed Waugh up with a two-run shot to left to make it 7-0. Darr would then bring home Morgan Knight on sac fly to center, making it 8-0 and ending game one due to the mercy rule.

The Lady Cougars collected 10 hits in game one led by Morgan Staffins who went 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the game. Kara Gordon was 2-for-3 at the dish and also drove in a pair of runs.  Morgan Knight added a single and a double.

Game two was a different story for the Lady Cougars as the score remained 1-1 through four innings of play.

Albany State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first behind an RBI double to center.

Columbus State got on the board in third, scoring a run on an RBI single to left from Lauren Reader.

The bats would come alive for CSU in the bottom of the fifth, as Kori Waugh and Kara Gordon started the inning off with back to back singles.  Reader followed that up with another single to load the bases.

Staffins was then called on to pinch hit and delivered a bases loaded double to right center, scoring two. Casey Googe also brought home a run on a  sac flyout to center in the inning.

When it was all said and done the Lady Cougars would plate six runs on four hits in the frame to jump out in front 7-1.

Senior Jennifer Isasi would retire the Lady Rams in the seventh to secure the 7-1 game two victory.  Erin Tyson started game two for CSU going three innings, allowing five hits and one earned run.  Kelsey Gilliam registered three shutout innings of work in relief allowing three hits and striking out two.  Isasi worked one inning and fanned one.

Lauren Reader led the way in game two at the plate, going 3-for-4, scoring a run while also driving in one.  Branigan Wix was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI.  Staffins also recorded a two RBI double in the game.

Columbus State will return to the diamond this weekend when it travels to Augusta State on Saturday for a crucial two game Peach Belt conference doubleheader.  First pitch is set for 2pm.

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