Columbus State University

Star, Perdue lead Lady Cougars to 8-3, 10-1 sweep of Belmont Abbey

The Lady Cougars got solid pitching and a pair of three-run homers from Calli Star and Elizabeth Perdue on Saturday to lead CSU to an 8-3, 10-1 sweep of Belmont Abbey at Cougar Field.

In Game 1, Belmont Abbey got off to a fast start in the top of the first when Sloane McPeak hit a two-run homer to left.

But CSU starter Peyton Sorrells settled down and turned things over to the offense.

Kailey Boone got things started in the bottom of the first with a two-run single that scored Katie White and Kia Smith to tie the game. McKenzie Fagioli gave CSU the lead 3-2 when she scored on a fielder's choice as Rachel Rhodes grounded out to short.

Fagioli gave the Lady Cougars a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the second when she singled in White and Smith.

Belmont Abbey cut it to 5-3 in the top of third on McPeak's RBI single.

CSU put the game away with three runs in the in the bottom of the fourth inning. Star singled in Samie Anderson. White scored when Boone reached on an error. Rhodes singled in Smith to make it 8-3 and close out the scoring.

Sorrells (2-0) gave up three runs on six hits over five innings to pick up the win. Sydney Barker worked two innings of hitless and scoreless relief.

In Game 2, CSU raced out to a 6-0 lead after two innings with the help of a three-run homer by Star in the bottom of the second inning.

McPeak homered in the top of the third for Belmont Abbey's only run.

With CSU leading 7-1, Perdue closed out the scoring with a three-run homer.

Fagioli went 2-for-2 and drove in a run in the win.

Sydney Barker (1-1) gave up one run on two hits over three innings to pick up the win in relief. Amelia Saldivar (0-1) gave up four runs on three hits and took the loss.

Columbus State (3-3) returns to action in the Cougar Classic against Bellarmine on Friday at 6 p.m. at Cougar Field.

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