Lady Cougars Sweep Young Harris On Road
By CSU Sports Information
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - The Columbus State University softball team picked up a road sweep against Young Harris on Saturday afternoon. The Peach Belt Conference games took place at E.D. Rivers Field.
Columbus State (28-12, 8-2 PBC) snatched a 6-2 win in the opening game while pulling off the thrilling comeback 7-6 in the second game.
"Couldn't be more pleased with the way our girls fought back in that second game to earn the sweep," said coach Brad Huskisson. "This was a well-deserved two wins for our group and hopefully one that we can continue to build upon with our upcoming conference games at home."
The Lady Cougars will have a week off before they take on Francis Marion Saturday, April 13. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Cougar Field.
Entering the fifth inning with a 1-1 tie, the Lady Cougars came storming to the end with a strong finish. After back to-back strikeouts, Elizabeth Perdue singled through the left side with two-outs to put a runner on.
The very next batter in Paris Poston sent a 1-1 pitch to right field for her first collegiate home run, putting CSU on top 3-1.
Columbus State would keep their foot on the gas the following inning loading the bases with only one out. Kirstin Reynolds would draw a walk to score a run and Perdue followed with a sac-fly making it 5-1.
Poston would keep her hot bat going singling home another run giving the Lady Cougars a 6-1 advantage. The freshman finished 2-for-3 with three RBI's and two runs in the opening game.
The six runs were plenty with Darby Demarest inside the circle as she threw another complete game, her 11th this season. Demarest (12-4) gave up just four hits while striking out ten batters. The senior has reached double-digit strikeouts in four of her last five starts.
The Lady Cougars as a team drew nine walks, including twice exerting patience at the plate to walk in runs with the bases-loaded.
Trailing 6-4 after five innings, the Lady Cougars needed a late-rally to give themselves an opportunity to pull off the road sweep of the Mountain Lions.
Hannah Rose Corbin would hit a double to lead-off the inning and she eventually came around to score after Elyse Ambrose reached base off an error. CSU would have a chance to tie the game when they loaded the bases with only one-out but a strikeout and a groundout would strand them leaving the Lady Cougars down by one.
Columbus State returned the favor in the bottom frame though as they got Young Harris to groundout on a fielder's choice with the bases-loaded sending the one-run game to the seventh.
It was there that Brittani Crawford hit a one-out pinch hit double up the middle giving CSU a runner in scoring position. A walk by Corbin would put two on when Morgan Elston smacked a single up the middle to tie the game. The very next batter Ambrose follow suit and collected the RBI on her single through the left side putting the Lady Cougars in front 7-6.
But things would get interesting to start the seventh as Demarest gave up a leadoff triple to Young Harris putting CSU in immediate danger of giving up the lead. But the senior would dig deep inside the circle and picked up an infield groundout and a fly out, preventing the runner from coming home. With two down, Demarest fittingly got a strikeout on a 1-2 pitch to end the game, giving Columbus State the road conference sweep.
Corbin went 2-for-2 at the plate with three walks and two runs while Elston picked up three RBI's off her two hits.