Lady Cougars Muscle Their Way to 10-8 Win

CSU Sports Information- The Columbus State University softball team powered their way to a 10-8 win over Montevallo Wednesday. The game was played at Orr Park in Montevallo, Alabama. 

CSU jumped out to the first inning lead thanks to a solo home run from Kirstin Reynolds, her first this season. They would increase that to a three-run advantage in the fourth after a bases loaded sac-fly from Madeline Parker followed by an RBI-double down the right field line by Paris Poston. It looked like the Lady Cougars would cruise to a win until the fifth inning when the Falcon bats woke up.

Montevallo batted around the lineup and put up six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the 6-3 lead. But the Lady Cougars would immediately respond the next frame. 

The power hitting senior Elizabeth Perdue led the inning off with a solo home run, the third of her season. The Lady Cougars eventually loaded the bases with one out, bringing up the reigning PBC freshman of the week in Hannah Rose Corbin. Corbin proceeded to mash one to center field for a grand slam, putting the Lady Cougars back on top 8-6. Reynolds would follow it up later in the inning with another solo home run, her second of the game to put CSU up by three.

After giving up two runs in the sixth, the Lady Cougars would add an insurance run in the top of the seventh thanks to an RBI-groundout from Morgan Elston. From there it was Darby Demarest who would shut the door on the Falcons. 

"That was a great win for us to battle back especially after giving up the three run lead on the road," said coach Brad Huskisson. "We got timely hits and showed just how strong we can be at the plate with six of our seven hits being extra-base knocks."

Columbus State finished with four home runs in the game, the most they've hit in a single game this season. Their patience at the plate paid off as they drew 12 walks as a team, another season high. 

Corbin (3-2) picked up the win for CSU after the Lady Cougars regained the lead following the lone inning she pitched. Demarest meanwhile grabbed her first save of the season while also going 6.0 innings giving up just three hits and picking up another 13 strikeouts. 

Reynolds led the way for the Lady Cougars going 3-for-5 at the plate with two home runs and three runs. Corbin was 1-for-2 hitting the grand slam to give her four RBI's in the game while also drawing two walks. 

Columbus State will head into their annual tournament, the CSU Classic starting on Friday March 1 against Lynn. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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