Lady Cougars go 1-1 Sunday, hit 7 home runs

FROM STAFF REPORTSFebruary 2, 2014 

The Columbus State Lady Cougars softball team defeated Saint Leo 8-7 in extra innings Sunday but fell to Rollins College 6-4 in the PBC/SSC Challenge at South Commons Park.

In Game One Saint Leo got on the board first in the top of the second. CSU answered in the bottom of the inning when Taylor Turner hit a home run over the left field wall.

Saint Leo scored three runs in the third to go up 4-1, but Columbus State would slowly whittle down that lead through the next three innings.

Morgan Staffins hit an RBI double in the third, Lindsey DeFee hit a sac fly for an RBI in the fourth, and Kodi Ricketson tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning with a home run to left field.

Saint Leo regained the lead with two runs in the top of the seventh, but Turner hit her second home run of the game in the bottom of the inning. This time it was a two-run shot that tied the game at 6-6 at the end of regulation.

Saint Leo scored one last run in the top of the eighth, but Suzanne Carney hit yet another home run for CSU in the bottom of the inning, a two-run walk off blast to left center that gave the Lady Cougars the win.

Turner was the winning pitcher for CSU. She threw for two innings and gave up three runs on two hits with one strikeout.

Game Two did not go quite so well for CSU.

Rollins College had a 3-0 lead by the midpoint of the third inning. The homers kept coming for Columbus State, as DeFee and Carney both went yard with solo shots in the bottom of the inning.

Rollins scored three more runs to pad its lead, giving it a 6-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.

Columbus State once again saw a pitch sail over the fence, this time on a two-run home run to left field by Kristen Carr. It was the team's seventh home run of the day.

The Lady Cougars were unable to complete the rally, and Rollins College picked up the win.

DeFee was the losing pitcher in the game. She pitched three innings and gave up three runs on six hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Columbus State (3-1) will host King University, Belmont Abbey and Pfeiffer University Friday in the Cougar Classic starting at 1 p.m.

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