Softball Edged By Columbus State, 6-5; McClure Belts First Career Homer

Softball Edged By Columbus State, 6-5; McClure Belts First Career Homer

Columbus State scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to overcome a 5-4 deficit and earn a 6-5 win over the Belmont Abbey softball team this afternoon at the South Commons Softball Complex, the home of Olympic Softball in the 1996 Atlanta Games. Columbus State improves to 6-2, while the Abbey falls to 0-4.

The Cougars plated two runs in the bottom of the first and the score stayed that way until the top of the fourth when the Crusaders exploded for three runs as they took advantage of four Columbus State errors in the frame.

Logan Phillips led off with a walk, followed by Mackenzie Dziendziel reached on an error. Kinsey McClure sacrificed both of them into scoring position and Jena Reisanauer reached on the second Cougars error of the inning to score Phillips and cut the Columbus State lead to 2-1.

Katherine Starnes followed with an infield single, but the throw to first was wide of the bag, allowing Dziendziel to score from second to tie the game at two.

After a groundout, the fourth and final Columbus State error produced the third Abbey run of the inning, as a grounder by Kaitlyn Jones back to the pitcher was bobbled, which allowed Jena Reisanauer to come home and give the Abbey a 3-2 lead.

Columbus State tied the game at three in the bottom of the inning on a leadoff homer, but the Crusaders jumped right back ahead, on a two run homer to center by Kinsey McClure, her first career homer, which also scored Dziendziel, who kept the inning alive with a two out single to center.

Once again, Columbus State used a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Abbey's lead down to 5-4.

That was all of the scoring until the seventh, when the Crusaders were just three outs away from their first win of the season, but Columbus State scored twice to get the win.

A leadoff error allowed the first batter to reach, followed by a single that put runners on second and third. Another single tied the game at five, and after an intentional walk loaded the bases, the Crusaders recorded the first out when Lindsey DeFee's grounder to short was thrown home, cutting forcing Jocilyn Gilbert at the plate.

One batter later, however, Kodi Ricketson's single to left scored the winning run, represented by Chandler Padgett, to give the Cougars a 6-5 victory.

McClure finished with two of the Abbey's five hits, with Dziendziel, Starnes and Jones recording the others.

Samantha Jacobs took the loss in relief, as she gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits in the final inning and one-third. Catelyn Presley worked the first five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. Kristin Carr earned the win as she worked just the seventh inning, retiring the Crusaders in order.