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Lady Cougars sweep doubleheader from Lander

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COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State posted 12 hits while limiting Lander to two in an 8-1 victory in game two of a Peach Belt Conference softball doubleheader. The win gave the Lady Cougars (23-16, 6-8) the sweep over the Bearcats (6-30, 0-12) after a 1-0 shutout in the first outing.

Casey Googe had a phenomenal game offensively to lead the Lady Cougars. Googe – who wears the jersey number four – went 4-for-4 with four runs and four RBIs. The four-year starter and CSU career home run leader extended the record to 45. With four home runs on the day, Columbus State has 56 as a team, two short of the third most in school history for a single season.

Abby Green (6-1) pitched well for her second shutout and struck out seven Bearcats. Additionally, four ground outs went to Green in the circle, giving her four assists. Tyler Riendeau (0-6) got the loss in four innings of work with seven hits, five earned runs, four walks and four strikeouts.

Columbus State jumped ahead early with a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Suzanne Carney led things off with a walk and scooted to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Morgan Knight. Googe drove one up the middle and the Lady Cougars covered the corners. With Googe already on her way to stealing second, Riendeau threw a wild pitch in the dirt that gave Carney the opportunity to score the first run of the game. With Googe in scoring position, Morgan Staffins ripped one to right field to bring her in for CSU's second run. Riendeau walked two straight Lady Cougars to load the bases but got out of her jam with a fly out and strikeout.

Googe had a two-run homer that bounced off of the top of the batting cages behind centerfield to put the Lady Cougars up 4-0 after two innings. It was her ninth of the year and made 44 for the Columbus State career home run leader.

Meanwhile, Lander only managed to put seven batters in the box in the first two innings. In the third, the Bearcats also took advantage of a walk and a sacrifice bunt to get a runner in scoring position. A wild pitch put their lead runner on third base, and a throwing error by Googe from shortstop allowed a run. Two LU singles up the middle loaded the bases, but Green escaped the inning with CSU holding a 4-1 advantage.

Things became quiet offensively for both sides, for a little bit anyway. Reindeau managed to strike out three straight CSU batters over the third and fourth innings while Green swiftly handled the Bearcats.

An explosive offensive show in the bottom of the fifth started off with a stand-up triple by Googe. It was the first of any Columbus State batter this season. Staffins had a hard smash to right field to bring Googe in for the second time in the game before Mary Katherine Pegram was sent in to relieve Riendeau for the night. Pegram's first batter faced was Kristen Carr, who singled to left field to allow two CSU base runners, but the new pitcher was able to sit the next three down and stop the Lady Cougars from doing any more damage.

Columbus State led 5-1 after five complete innings, and Green struck out all three Bearcats faced in the top of the sixth. After Carney crushed on through the left side to get on first base, Googe had her second long shot of the game in the exact same place, landing on top of the batting cages outside the park's walls. Staffins launched one there as well, putting the Lady Cougars up 8-1.

CSU batted around in the sixth after Carr and Kristin Rawlins walked, while Taylor Turner singled up the middle. The Lady Cougars needed just one run to end the contest early on the mercy rule, but a fly out ensured Lander one more chance on offense. The Bearcats weren't able to use it well as they went three-up-three down with a final line drive into Knight's hands in centerfield.

Columbus State hosts Albany State University in a doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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