CSU seeded 3rd for NCAA softball regional

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus State women's softball team has been seeded third for the upcoming NCAA Division II Southeast 1 Regional. Top seed North Georgia (45-8) will host the tournament in Dahlonega.

The Lady Cougars (39-18) go into the regional as one of the hottest teams in the nation. They carry an eight-game winning streak, including three straight wins at the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, and have won 12 of their last 13 games.

CSU is led by sophomore catcher-shortstop Casey Googe, who is second in the nation with a school and conference-record 21 home runs. Junior pitcher Mollie Russell earned PBC Tourney MVP honors by pitching three complete games in two days and allowing just one run in that stretch.

The Lady Cougars will open against No. 2 seed Augusta State (31-16). They went 1-2 versus the Lady Jaguars, all games played in the first half of the season. First pitch is set for 3:30 pm ET on Friday.

The regional finals are on Sunday.

No. 1 North Georgia will play fourth-seeded King College (34-17) on Friday at 6 pm.

The Southeast 2 Regional will also be played at North Georgia. Armstrong Atlantic (44-9) is the No. 1 seed in that one. The Lady Pirates are led by Columbus native April Jowers (Hardaway HS), who leads the nation in hitting with a .573 batting average. Armstrong will face PBC rival No. 3 Flagler (34-17) in their opening game.

In all, five Peach Belt teams made the NCAA regionals.

The other opening round matchup features No. 2 Lenior-Rhyne (46-11) and No. 4 Catawba (33-17).

The winners of the two halves of the regional will advance to the Super Regionals, scheduled for May 11-12.