AUGUSTA STATE TAKES DOWN COLUMBUS STATE, ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIOS
DAHLONEGA, GA – Fourth seeded Augusta State avenged an opening day loss to fifth-seeded Columbus State taking game five of the Southeast Dahlonega Regional 5-1 on Saturday afternoon at The Hill.
With their backs against the wall the Jaguars rallied to move on to championship game against top-seeded North Georgia.
Emily Headrick picked up her second win of the day tossing a complete game scattering four hits and allowing just one unearned run. Mollie Russell was the tough luck loser tossing four innings and allowing four runs, only two of which were earned.
Columbus State opened the scoring in the home half of the first when Sophomore Casey Googe came racing home on a passed ball.
The Jaguars wasted no time responding plating a pair of runs in the second and third innings. Augusta State took advantage of a pair of fielding miscues in the second as a throwing error by Googe sent Jessica Thornton and Lauren Yeargan charging home.
After stealing the momentum away from Columbus, Augusta State stretched their lead to three runs in third when Kristen Jones hit an RBI triple down the right field line and Thornton followed with a run scoring single.
The Jaguars were not done as they added an insurance run in the sixth when No. 9 batter Laura Brown smacked an RBI double to left field off Cougars reliever Taylor Turner.
Headrick sealed the victory by retiring the Cougars in order in the seventh.
Augusta State takes on top-seeded North Georgia tomorrow, May 6th in the Dahlonega Regional Championship. First pitch is schedule for 1:30 pm.