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Russell no-hits King College

Columbus – Mollie Russell tossed her third no-hitter in her Columbus State career as the No. 20 Lady Cougars defeated King College 2-0 Wednesday night in a non-conference match-up at Cougar Field.

Russell had a perfect game going into the seventh inning and recorded two quick outs but a bad hop on a ground ball extended the inning before she struck out the final batter to complete the no-no.  She finished with 12 strikeouts in the game.

CSU improves to 25-11 on the year and have won 17 of their last 19 games.  KU, a 2012 NCAA Tournament participant, falls to 12-20.

Columbus State had runners on in the first three innings but were unable to push a run across before finally scoring both runs in the fourth inning.

Kristen Carr led off the fourth with a towering fly ball that was caught up in the wind and fell letting the sophomore reach second on the play.  Kaycee Meeks drew a walk bringing up Morgan Knight to the plate.  Knight pushed a bunt to second base, which was vacant as the second baseman went to cover first on the play.  The ball scooted into the outfield allowing pinch-runner Suzanne Carney to score all the way from second on the play. 

A comebacker to the pitcher caught Meeks in a rundown but the catcher got back to the base as the throw got away from the third baseman.  The leftfielder was there backing up the play but Meeks was ran off by the backside runner for the first out of the inning and put two runners in scoring position.  Nina Rubio then executed a suicide squeeze bringing home Knight on the play. 

Kori Waugh was intentionally walked to load the bases, but the next two hitters got out to end the rally.

Neither side would get a runner on the remainder of the game until the fielding error in the seventh.

Kristen Carr and Morgan Knight had the only hits in the game as they both went 1-for-3.  Casey Googe, Kaycee Meeks and Kori Waugh all walked twice in the game as well.

Hannah Light suffered the loss allowing two runs (one earned) while surrendering two hits and issuing six walks.  She also struck out six.

The Lady Cougars will now have a week off before returning to the diamond when they host Georgia Southwestern next Wednesday, March 27 in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader at Cougar Field.  First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. ET.

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