Russell tosses another no-hitter in CSU win

COLUMBUS – Columbus State's offensive provided all the run support it would need in the first inning as Mollie Russell fired her second straight no-hitter as the Lady Cougars defeated Albany State 15-0 on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action at Cougar Field.

Russell (8-3), who threw a no-hitter versus No. 22 Lenoir-Rhyne over the weekend, worked five innings issuing just three walks in the contest.  The right-hander struck out four batters in the contest on her way to the program's 15th no-hit bid.  Russell now leads the Peach Belt Conference in earned run average over last year's National Pitcher of the Year Jessica Coan sporting a 0.65 mark.

CSU (16-7) put seven runs on the board in the first inning which began with Morgan Knight hitting a two-run homerun to centerfield on a 0-1 pitch.  After a back-to-back singles, Morgan Staffins plated Casey Googe on a sacrifice fly.  Kori Waugh followed that up with a double down the leftfield line scoring Gordon.  Later in the inning, Kristen Gregory singled up the middle and Nina Rubio tripled driving in one and two runs, respectively.

In the second, Gordon smacked a one-out homer to centerfield before Suzanne Carney hit a three-run shot later in the frame making it 11-0.  Gordon hit her second homerun of the contest an inning later and a pair of bases loaded walks drove in the final two runs of the contest.

Offensively, the Lady Cougars tallied 14 hits on the afternoon and drew six walks.  Gordon paced the lineup going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI.  Every starter reached base safely with eight of those batters picking up at least one hit.  The squad hit four home runs, one shy of a team game-high.