COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State picked up 10 hits and scored five runs but was unable to overcome some costly defensive errors as they fell to Nova Southeastern 8-5 on Monday afternoon in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader played at Cougar Field.
Nova got on the board first with a big two-out, two-strike hit down the rightfield line by Gina Bondarenko to put the visitors ahead 1-0 in the first. Jaimee Vega scored on the play who singled through the right side earlier in the inning.
CSU answered right back in the bottom half with the first three batters reaching loading the bases for Morgan Staffins. The first baseman then ripped a single to centerfield driving in Nina Rubio and Morgan Knight putting the Lady Cougars in front 2-1 after a full inning.
The Sharks benefited from a fielding error in the third inning to post a pair of unearned runs. Vega beat the throw home on a fielder's choice to tie the game at two. On the same play, Bondarenko tried to take second getting caught in a rundown which allowed Katie Kelton to also score making it 3-2.
They would go on to score the next three runs, including one in the fifth without the benefit of a hit. A throwing error allowed the runner to reach and move up to third. She then crossed home after a wild pitch and passed ball. An inning later, Chelsea Emery had a sacrifice fly followed by a RBI single by Melanie Spicola.
Kori Waugh cut the Lady Cougar deficit in half when she blasted a homerun over the right-centerfield wall making it a 6-3 ballgame.
A pair of insurances came across in the seventh as Dani Millan had a two-run single.
Columbus State tried to make things interesting in the bottom half of the inning as they brought the potential game-winning run up to the plate. Casey Googe was hit by a pitch forcing in a run and Waugh was at it again singling in her second RBI of the game. Unfortunately for CSU, a fielder's choice ended the contest.
Nina Rubio, Morgan Knight and Kori Waugh all had a pair of hits for the Lady Cougars while Morgan Staffins knocked in two. Taylor Turner suffered her first loss of the season falling to 3-1 on the year. She allowed three runs (one earned) in three innings on four hits and a walk.
Laura Saladrigas had the lone multi-hit performance for Nova going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Millan and Bondarenko each drove in two runs. Sara DeMuth tossed her second straight complete game of the day surrendering five runs (three earned) on 10 hits. She also struck out seven.