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Carr, Russell receive PBC weekly awards

Augusta — Columbus State's Kristen Carr and Mollie Russell were named Peach Belt Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

Russell receives the honor for the second straight week and the fifth time in her two-year career at CSU, while this is the first career weekly award for Carr.

The Lady Cougars were 4-0 for the week with doubleheader sweeps of conference foes Georgia Southwestern and Augusta State.

Carr's week began with her driving in the lone run in a 1-0 Lady Cougar victory over Georgia Southwestern Wednesday. She followed it up with a double and a three-run homerun in the second game of the doubleheader. Friday, the sophomore singled home a run in CSU's 3-1 win over Augusta State, then hit her second homerun of the week in the second game of the day as a part of a 3-for-3 performance with four runs driven in.

For the week, the Gray native hit .700 (7-for-10) with a .750 on-base percentage, 1.400 slugging percentage, two home runs, nine RBIs, four runs scored and two walks. She also struck out three in a scoreless inning of relief work against Augusta State.

Carr is currently hitting .310 and is tied for fourth in the conference in home runs (eight) and ninth in RBIs (29).

Russell started the first game of both doubleheaders during the week picking up wins in both contests. Against Georgia Southwestern, the senior tossed seven shutout innings allowing just six hits and striking out nine in a 1-0 win. Two days later, Russell one-hit Augusta State over seven innings surrendering just one unearned run and picking up seven more strikeouts.

The Decatur, AL native held opposing hitters to a .140 average over her two starts and gave up just one extra-base hit. She is 15-6 for the season and now tied for the conference lead in ERA at 1.06. Russell is also third in the league in strikeouts (150), wins and opponent batting average (.167).

Columbus State has won nine straight games and 21 of its last 23. They return to the field on Tuesday for a conference doubleheader against Georgia College. First pitch from Cougar Field is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET.

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