CSU splits doubleheader with Georgia Regents

Getting all the offense it needed in the first two innings, the Columbus State University softball team managed a split of Saturday's doubleheader with a 4-1 win over GRU Augusta in game two at Cougar Field.

Lindsey DeFee (4-10) took a shutout into the seventh inning but settled for one unearned run in a complete-game victory. The senior allowed just four hits while striking out five.

Kristen Mills (1-2) recorded just four outs, giving up all four Lady Cougars runs in the loss. Haley Birkle pitched 4.2 scoreless innings in relief.

The scoring started in the first inning for Columbus State (20-22, 6-12), set up by a walk and a stolen base from Kia Smith. McKenzie Fagioli laid down a bunt single and Kristen Carr walked to load the bases with two outs. DeFee then brought the first run of the game across the board with a walk to force home Smith.

One inning later, the Lady Cougars picked up three runs and gave DeFee plenty of run support. Rachel Rhodes opened the inning with a walk and Smith doubled to put two runs in scoring position. Calli Star drew a walk loading the bases and chasing Mills from the game.

In Game 1, CSU allowed eight runs in the fifth inning and fell 10-4.

Taylor Turner (7-4) gave up seven runs (five earned) over 4.2 innings to take the loss. The right-hander allowed five hits with six walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Haley Birkle (12-8) pitched five innings in relief of Paige Deschaine to earn the victory. Birkle allowed just four runs on five hits, while Deschaine tossed a pair of scoreless innings.