After sweeping the twin bill on Saturday, the Lady Cougars (17-24, 12-19) dropped game one on Sunday, 3-0, but bounced back to gain a split of the day’s activities in game two by a final score of 4-2.
“We really wanted the sweep, but three out of four is still pretty good,” said Lady Cougar coach Katie Willingham. “The girls have really improved as the year has gone along, and I’m proud of them. We hit the ball well for most of the weekend and our pitching was tremendous.”
Laura Bell knocked in the first run of game two with an RBI single to put the Lady Eagles on top 1-0.
Sara O’Rear was a hitting machine for the Lady Cougars all weekend long and especially in game two, going 4-for-4 at the plate. O’Rear singled in the bottom of the third inning and scored on a double from Maura Ditto to tie the contest at 1-1.
The home team added a single run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Paige Mayer and one more in the fifth on another RBI single from Ditto to push the CSCC lead to 3-1.
Bell cut the lead to one run with an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth, but the rally would end there. O’Rear added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with a single for a 4-2 lead. Ida Watson finished strong to secure the win and the three-of-four tally for the series.
O’Rear had five hits on Sunday to lead the Lady Cougar hit parade while Ditto had four.
Bell tossed a six-hit shutout at the Lady Cougars to get the win in game one. McKenzie Norris plated the first run of the game in the third inning, Holly Gibbons hit a solo homer in the fourth and Monique Tharpe added an RBI double in the seventh as the Lady Eagles took game one in quick order. Bell was also the losing pitcher in game two.
The Lady Cougars will finish the regular season with a trip to Memphis and a four-game series with the Southwest Tennessee Lady Saluqis.