SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year Mollie Russell pitched a three-hitter to lead Columbus State to a 4-0 win over host Flagler in the PBC tournament on Saturday.
Russell also had five strikeouts and two walks.
CSU scored three of its runs in the second inning, one on a passed ball and two on walks.
Kristen Carr led off with a walk, then Bree Nowlin doubled. Taylor Turner reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases.
Carr scored the game’s first run on a passed ball. After Nina Rubio walked to load the bases, Morgan Knight struck out.
Kari Waugh and Branigan Wix followed with walks, forcing in runs.
CSU scored its final run in the fourth. Knight and Waugh singled, then Wix reached on an error by the shortstop, which allowed Knight to score for a 4-0 lead.
With the win, the fourth-seeded Lady Cougars advance to Sunday’s semifinals against top-seeded Armstrong Atlantic, which beat Georgia Southwestern 6-4 on Saturday.
CSU (37-16) lost 7-1 and 5-1 to Armstrong at home on March 13.