Lady Cougars drop quad to Chatt State
by BRYAN GRISHAM CSCC Sports Information Director
Feb 24, 2014 | 495 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CHATTANOOGA — The Cleveland State softball team opened the Region VII Conference portion of their schedule over the weekend with a short trip to Chattanooga State.

The weather included bright sunshine, but the nationally ranked Lady Tigers rained all over the Lady Cougars’ parade, sweeping the four-game series.

The Lady Tigers won both games Saturday, by scores of 9-1 and 6-0, then completed the weekend with a 10-0 win in game one on Sunday afternoon and squeaked out a 7-6 win in the fourth game of the series.

The Lady Tigers got all the run support they needed in the bottom of the first inning Sunday, putting a five-spot on the board. Courtney Crawford knocked in a pair of runs with a bases loaded double to cap the rally.

The Lady Tigers scored in every inning, with Kelsey Thomas tripling in a pair of runs in the third. Hanna Manley allowed only one hit as the Lady Tigers ended game one quickly.

Game two was a different story. The Lady Cougars struck first with a pair of runs to open the contest. A lead-off walk and a rare Chattanooga State miscue set the stage for Hannah Powell who came up with the big two-run single to give the visitors their first lead of the series, 2-0.

An error, a hit batter and a walk allowed the Lady Tigers to get one of those runs back in the bottom of the first. The Lady Cougars were able to hold the lead until the fourth inning before the home team mounted a comeback with three big runs, with Lindsey Stickrod belting a two-run homer for a 4-2 lead.

The Lady Tigers used three doubles an inning later to push their lead to 7-1. The Lady Cougars mounted one last rally in the sixth and came within an eyelash of pulling off the upset with a four-run inning. Perry Hindi started the rally with a solo homer to straight-away centerfield. Powell and Kristen Qualls each singled and scored on another Lady Tigers’ miscue. Sara O’Rear doubled in the fourth run of the inning to cut the lead to 7-6. The Rally ended there however, with the Lady Tigers hanging on for the win.

Sharlene Godoy got the win in game two for Chattanooga State (18-0, 4-0) while Kelsey Haley, Allison Conley and Ida Watson pitched for Cleveland State (1-5, 0-4).

Baylee Williams doubled in the first run of the day on Saturday in the first inning. The Lady Cougars tied the game in the second frame on a solo homer from Hindi.

A couple of Cleveland State miscues pushed the Lady Tigers’ lead to 3-1. The home team put game one out of reach with a six-run outburst in the fifth to end game one as Sydney Spurgeon had a three-run triple.

Elyse Ferguson, Godoy and Lindsey Strickland all picked up RBI hits for Chattanooga State in game two as the home team cruised to the win. Shelby Willard went the distance to get the win for the Lady Tigers in game one while Godoy did the same in game two. Ida Watson, Kelsey Haley and Alexa Perian pitched for the Lady Cougars. The Lady Cougars managed only five hits in the twin bill.

Cleveland State will return home for a pair of snow day makeup games this afternoon.