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Lady Cougars sweep Ohio Dominican to extend win streak to eight

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Columbus State Lady Cougars extended their winning streak to eight games with a doubleheader sweep of Ohio Dominican on Thursday afternoon, winning the opener 8-0 in five innings and winning the second game 1-0.

CSU improves to 16-9 on the year while ODU drops to 2-15.

After going scoreless through the first two innings, the Lady Cougars erupted for six runs in the third inning to seize control of the ballgame. Morgan Knight started the rally with a walk and was sacrificed up to second. Kori Waugh then singled to left field plating Knight for the game's first run. Following a fly out for the second out, Casey Googe singled and Taylor Turner was hit by a pitch loading the bases. Kristen Carr then ripped a two-run double in the left center field gap before Kodi Ricketson homered to right center making it a 6-0 contest.

For Ricketson, it is her second home run in as many days and her fourth in five games.

Mollie Russell did her part for Columbus State as she retired the side in order in the fourth bringing the bats back up. Waugh got a two-out rally going with a single up the middle followed by another single by Branigan Wix. Googe then doubled to leftfield knocking in the final two runs of the game.

A leadoff double in the fifth inning by Caitlin Jividen broke up a potential no-hit bid by Russell as she had the only hit for the Panthers on the afternoon. Russell went on to retired the next three batters to preserve the shutout.

Waugh and Googe each finished the game 2-for-3 as Waugh scored twice and drove in a run while Googe picked up a pair of RBIs and scored once.

Russell improved to 8-5 on the year as she allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out five.

Brandis Fishel suffered the lost for Ohio Dominican allowing eight runs on seven hits and also issued a pair of walks in four innings of work. Jividen had the Panthers lone hit while Alex Cribari drew a walk.

In game two, Taylor Turner tossed a four-hit complete game shutout and Columbus State pushed across their lone run in the first inning.

CSU improves to 16-9 on the year while ODU drops to 2-14. The Lady Cougars have now won eight straight games. During that

Branigan Wix started the bottom of the first with a one-out single to center followed by a Casey Googe single to left. Taylor Turner then reached on an error by the ODU second baseman loading the bases. Kristen Carr followed with a ground out to second which allowed Wix to score.

Ohio Dominican had a prime scoring opportunity in the fourth inning as Kelsey Seeds doubled to left center followed by a single up the middle by Brooke McCartney putting runners on first and third. The Panthers then attempted a squeeze play but the bunt popped up in the air to Turner who fired to third for the double play to get out of the jam.

It was the last legitimate scoring threat ODU would have in the ballgame as they picked up just two more hits the remainder of the game.

The Lady Cougars had two runners on in the sixth inning as Wix and Turner each drew a walk but were unable to add an insurance run.

Turner faced just three hitters over the minimum as she threw her first shutout of the season and her third complete game of the season. The right-hander allowed four hits while striking out a career high eight batters.

Wix finished the game 2-for-2 with a walk and scored the only run of the game. Googe had the only other hit for the Lady Cougars as she went 1-for-3.

Seeds was 2-for-3 for the Panthers while McCartney and Kelsey Albanese each had a hit as well for Ohio Dominican.

Columbus State will now turn their attention to Peach Belt Conference play as they open up league action on Saturday when they travel to take on UNC Pembroke in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET.

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