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Russell, Cougars blank Hurricanes

COLUMBUS, Ga. – No. 19 Columbus State scored the game's only run in the first inning and senior Mollie Russell kept the Georgia Southwestern offense at bay as the Lady Cougars picked up a 1-0 Peach Belt Conference victory.  The first game of the doubleheader was played at Cougar Field on Wednesday.

After a quick top of the first, CSU got things going right away as Kori Waugh led off with a single up the middle.  The 1-0 pitch to Branigan Wix got past the GSW catcher but the ricochet bounced right back to the catcher allowing her to gun down Waugh on the play.

Following a Wix groundout, Casey Googe and Taylor Turner both coaxed two out walks to keep the inning alive.  Kristen Carr then delivered the big blow with a single through the left side of the infield plating Googe.

CSU never really threatened again offensively as they picked up just one hit the remainder of the ballgame, a Turner single in the sixth inning.

Georgia Southwestern had an opportunity to push across the tying run in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Russell slammed the door on their hope of an upset.

In the sixth, Hayley Knight and Nellie Moore had back-to-back one out singles for the Hurricanes but a fielder's choice and a groundout back to Russell ended the frame.  An inning later, Jordan Mills reached on an infield single before stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball with no outs.  Russell showed why she's considered one of the premier pitcher's in the country as she dug down and struck out the next three batters to end the game.

For Russell, it was her ninth shutout of the season tying her for the national lead with Kayla Cox of Tampa.  She finished the game allowing six hits and striking out nine while not issuing a free pass.

Offensively, Waugh went 1-for-1 and walked twice.  Turner (1-for-2, walk) and Carr (1-for-3) picked up the other two hits for the Lady Cougars with Googe scoring the game's only run.

Allison Pastor suffered the tough loss for GSW tossing six innings of one run ball.  The right-hander gave up three hits and issued four walks while punching out four.

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