Lady Cougars Earn Sweep In Comeback Win
By CSU Sports Information
COLUMBUS - The Columbus State University softball team finally grabbed the home sweep they were looking for, taking down #20 Georgia College on Tuesday. The Peach Belt Conference match took place at Cougar Field.
Columbus State (31-13, 11-3 PBC) controlled the opening game winning 8-2 before coming back in thrilling fashion for the 8-7 walk-off in the second.
"It kind-of feels a little bit like we got the monkey off our back with finally getting a home sweep," said head coach Brad Huskisson. "We're excited, but we also know what still lies ahead for us. We're a group that focuses on each little step in front of us. The sweep was great and I'm proud of our girls for fighting hard but we'll move on to prepare for our next step."
The Lady Cougars will have eight days off with their next game not until Wednesday, April 24 against North Georgia. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
The Lady Cougars led from start to finish in the opening game controlling their way to a dominate 8-2 victory.
The game was busted open thanks to a six-run third inning by CSU.
Paris Poston delivered with an infield single to move everyone up one base and put CSU in front 2-0.
CSU would take advantage of a second error in the inning, scoring a run and keeping the bases loaded for Maddie Dodson.
That's where the catcher delivered in a big way, smacking a ball to center field that bounced off the top of the wall for a grand slam. It was the third home run of the season for Dodson, who put the Lady Cougars in front 7-0 with one swing of the bat.
Columbus State would tack on another run in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a solo home run from Hannah Rose Corbin, her sixth of the season.
Darby Demarest put together another productive performance inside the circle, throwing her 13th complete game.
Demarest (15-4) gave up just three hits while striking out seven to hold the conference-leading Bobcat offense in check.
Poston finished 2-for-3 with two RBI's and one run while Dodson had the big hit, collecting four RBI's on the grand slam.
After leading all of game one, the Lady Cougars had to pull off an improbable comeback in the second game to come away with the sweep.
Trailing 7-5 entering the seventh inning, Columbus State picked up two quick outs on a groundout and strikeout putting them down to their final out.
Harley Dawson came in to pinch hit and went first pitch swinging, launching a laser into left-center, the first home run of her Lady Cougar career.
Still down by one with two outs, Columbus State then picked up back-to-back base-knocks by Corbin and Elston to put runners on first and second base.
After the Bobcats made a pitching change, a wild pitch would move both runners up a base and into scoring position, setting the stage for the comeback.
Georgia College threw another wild pitch, which would score Corbin from third base, and on the throwback from the catcher the ball got away and into the infield, allowing Elston to turn the corner and race home. The freshman crossed the plate just in time, scoring on the error to give CSU the walk-off win.
It was the second time the Lady Cougars had to comeback in the game, as they trailed 4-0 entering the bottom of the fourth. They had another two-out rally hitting back-to-back doubles and then a single to plate four in the inning to tie the game.
The Bobcats though would score three in the following frame, to retake the lead before Columbus State would pull the final comeback to earn the sweep.
Elston finished 3-for-5 in the second game, scoring three runs including the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh.