Cleveland State Lady Cougars Split 2 Games With Gadsden State

Monday, February 24, 2014 - by Bryan Grisham
The Cleveland State softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Gadsden State on Monday afternoon at Lady Cougar Field. The Cardinals built a big lead and then held off a late Lady Cougar rally to take game one, 7-6 and the home team bounced back to gain the split with a 6-3 win in game two.

The Lady Cougars drew first blood in game one in their first turn at the plate as Perry Hindi singled in a run for a quick 1-0 lead.

Two singles an error and a passed ball got the Cardinals rolling in the fourth inning as they scored three times to take the lead.
The visitors then added four more in the fourth as three more Lady Cougar miscues in the field led to all four runs scoring on one play as T.K. O'Neal got a hit into the right field corner clearing the bases and coming all the way around to score herself to push the lead to 7-1.

Cleveland State cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth as a single by Miranda Smith and a fielders choice grounder put two runs on the board.

Trailing 7-3, the Lady Cougars didn't quit and came within 60 feet of tying the game in the bottom of the seventh. A walk and singles from Emily Huston and Hannah Powell loaded the bases and Kristen Qualls promptly unloaded them with a three-run triple to slice the lead to a single run at 7-6. The rally would end there as the Lady Cougars couldn't push the tying run across as the visitors held on for the win in game one.

Brittany Bishop went the distance to pick up the win for Gadsden State in game one while Alexa Perian took the loss.

The Lady Cougars jumped on top to start game two with four big runs as they batted around in the bottom of the second inning, doing all the damage with two outs. A seemingly harmless error opened the floodgates and the home team capitalized on the mistake. Four straight singles from Ciera Belcher, Amber Swaney, Sara O'Rear and Leslie Nunnelly produced three runs with a fourth run crossing on a wild pitch.

The Cardinals cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth as an error plated one run and a plunked batter with the bases full of Cardinals accounting for the second.

Cleveland State got those two runs right back in their half of the fourth as once again it was Hindi coming through with a big two-run single to push the lead to 6-2.

The Cardinals scratched out a run in the fifth on back to back doubles from Regina Richey and Hannah McCreless. The visitors then mounted a rally in their last turn at the plate in the seventh as they put runners on first and third, but the Lady Cougars were equal to the task and squashed the rally to nail down the win.

Kelsey Haley went the distance to get the win for the Lady Cougars (2-6) scattering six hits along the way while Bethany Chamblee took the loss for Gadsden State.

Cleveland State will travel to Georgia Highlands on Wednesday for a pair of games.

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