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Lady Bobcats complete sweep of CSU

COLUMBUS, Ga. – No. 19 Columbus State committed three errors and left 12 runners on base as they dropped game two of a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader by a score of 4-3 to Georgia College Tuesday night at Cougar Field.

CSU now stands at 29-13 on the year and 10-4 in PBC play while the Bobcats improve to 30-12 overall and 12-4 in league action.

All of the offense came early as all seven runs came in the first 2 ½ innings of play.

Georgia College got on the board first as Abi Leroy hit a two-run homer in the first inning to quickly put GC in front 2-0.  Whitney Okvist scored on the long ball as she started the contest with a walk.

The Lady Cougars came right back themselves scoring the next three runs to take a 3-2 lead posting a run in the first and two more in the second.

Kori Waugh hit a leadoff double to left-centerfield in the home half of the first.  Branigan Wix then beat out a bunt single moving Waugh up to third but the throw hit off the second baseman's glove allowing Waugh to continue around the bases for CSU's first run.

An inning later, Bree Nowlin banged a double off the left-centerfield wall to get another rally going.  After Morgan Knight lined out to third, Kodi Ricketson connected on her fifth homerun of the season pushing Columbus State in front 3-2. 

Waugh and Wix each reached safely with a walk and single respectively, but a strikeout and pop out ended the inning before CSU could tack on another other runs.

GC came right back in the top of the third and responded with two runs, both unearned, to take the lead for good.  Okvist singled to left-center and stole second base.  After a strikeout, Leroy reached on a fielding error before Kelsea Martin singled to centerfield loading the bases.  Next up was Kristen Humphries who reached on a fielder's choice as she hit a grounder to shortstop.  The throw went home to force out the game-tying run at the plate but it was errant knotting the game at three-all.  The flip back to the pitcher got away from Taylor Turner allowing Leory to also come across for the game-winning run.

Columbus State had their opportunities throughout the remainder of the game as they left eight runners on base the next four inning including stranding the bases loaded in the fifth and a pair of runners in each of the third and fourth innings.

Turner suffered the loss falling to 9-4 on the year as she allowed all four runs (two earned) on four this and a walk.  Kristen Carr tossed 4.2 innings of shutout ball in relief giving up just two hits and punching out four.

Branigan Wix, Morgan Knight and Kori Ricketson each had two hits in the ball game.  Waugh was 1-for-1 with three walks.

Leroy picked up the win improving to 4-3 this season.  She allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks.  Dani Gallucci came on to close the door tossing the final three innings as she earned her second save of the year.  Okvist had the lone multi-hit game for the Bobcats as she went 3-for-2 with two runs scored and also drew a walk.

CSU will look to get back on the winning track this weekend when it travels to Lander on Friday for a PBC doubleheader.  First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET at Doug Spears Field.

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