COLUMBUS– Erin Tyson made the most of her collegiate debut as the left-hander threw a five-inning no-hitter as Columbus State defeated Miles College 8-0 Friday afternoon at Cougar Field.
It was the first no-hitter by a CSU player since senior Jennifer Isasi tossed a perfect game on March 8, 2008 against the University of Charleston. There have been 16 no-hitters in Columbus State history including three perfect games.
The Lady Cougars wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they plated four runs in the first inning. Keeley Kennedy got things rolling with a one-out single and later stole second base during Morgan Knight's at-bat. Knight then singled to right field putting runners on first and second. Casey Googe laced a ball to the Miles shortstop who was unable to make the play allowing Kennedy to score from second base. Knight and Googe each moved up a base as the throw from the outfield went to home plate. Kristen Gregory than came up and smacked a double plating both runners. Courtney Darr reached base on a fielder's choice and later scored on a Lauren Reader double off the right-centerfield fence to give CSU a 4-0 lead.
Columbus State added another run in the second inning again off a Miles miscue. Melanie Trevathan was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to third base after consecutive groundouts. She scored when the MC leftfielder dropped what would have been the third out of the inning.
After being held scoreless in the third, the Lady Cougars tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth inning. Branigan Wix hit a one-out double down the leftfield line to start off the fourth inning. She advanced to third base on a groundout to the pitcher then crossed the plate when Knight crushed a homerun over the leftfield fence.
Darr singled to leftfield and advanced up to second on a miscue in the outfield. She then moved up to third base after Miles' pitcher couldn't handle a shot by Reader putting runners on first and second. Jennifer Isasi brought Darr in for the eighth run of the game, ending the contest due to the mercy rule.
Knight and Darr both went 2-for-3 on the afternoon and each scored two runs as well. Knight and Gregory drove in two runs apiece to pace the Lady Cougars offense. Tyson was dominant from the start striking out four of the first six hitters of the contest. She finished the game with eight strikeouts and allowed just two walks.
J.A. Rollo drew both walks for Miles College. Heather Mitchell also threw a complete game for the Lady Bears as she gave up eight runs (four earned) on eight hits.
CSU plays again later this afternoon when it takes on Lynn University. The Fighting Knights are 1-1 on the year and are currently taking on Miles on Cougar Field.