COLUMBUS – Morgan Knight hit two home runs and Kelsey Gilliam fired a one-hitter as the Columbus State (17-7) softball team completed a non-conference doubleheader sweep over Albany State with an 11-0 win in game two on Tuesday afternoon at Cougar Field.
Nina Rubio led off the home half of the first with a walk before Knight blasted a two-run shot over the leftfield wall. Next up was Casey Googe who singled up the middle who then stole second and third base. She would later score during a rundown making it 3-0 after a full inning.
The game was put out of reach in the second with a pair of home runs. The first was off the bat of Knight who drove one to centerfield which plated Branigan Wix. Following a Casey Googe double and Kara Gordon walk, Morgan Staffins hit a long ball over the leftfield wall making it a 9-0 game. The inning's first run came on a groundout.
In the fourth, Kayce Meeks and Kristen Carr walked while Gilliam singled to load the bases with one out. Meeks crossed home plate on a fielder's choice before Sydney Finley plated the final run of the game with a single to right-centerfield.
Virginia Morris picked up the lone hit for Albany State in the third inning as she singled through the left side.
Gilliam (2-3) improved to 2-3 on the year as she went all five innings striking out four along the way. Knight, Googe, Wix and Gilliam all had two hits in the ballgame.
Staffins and Googe are both currently on an eight-game hitting streak while Morgan Knight has picked up a hit in 16 out of her last 17 contests.
During CSU's current seven game winning streak, the Lady cougars have outscored their opponents 81-12 including tossing five shutouts.
Columbus State returns to the diamond this weekend when they travel to Dahlonega to take part in the Captain D's Classic. They will play two games versus Charleston (W.V.) and Alabama-Huntsville, the current top-ranked team in the nation.
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