COLUMBUS, Ga. – Nova Southeastern's Sara DeMuth came out on top of a pitchers duel Monday afternoon as the Sharks defeated Columbus State by a score of 2-0 in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader played at Cougar Field on Monday.
The two runs NSE scored in the sixth inning snapped the Lady Cougars 42 innings pitched scoreless streak while also snapping their six game winning streak.
Neither team had much offensive production as they combined for only five hits, four of which came off the bats of Nova Southeastern.
Lorena Spaulding led off the sixth with a single that rolled just out in front of the plate and was able to beat out the throw for an infield hit. She then stole second base before advancing to third on a single to leftfield by Jamiee Vega who took second base on the throw. Katie Kelton grounded out to the pitcher but Spaulding was able to score the games first run on the play. Vega also moved up a base on the play and scored on another groundout.
Morgan Knight had Columbus State's lone hit lacing a single to first base in the fourth.
Mollie Russell suffered the hard luck loss falling to 5-3 on the year. She worked all seven innings allowing a pair of runs on four hits and one free pass while striking out seven.
Sara DeMuth went the distance in the one-hit shutout striking out 12 batters.
Spaulding had the big day at the plate going 3-for-3 with a run scored. Vega had the other NSE hit and run. Both Katie Kelton and Gina Bondarenko picked up an RBI.