Lady Cougars run streak to five straight
by By BRYAN GRISHAM CSCC Sports Information Director
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DEMOREST, Ga. — The Cleveland State softball team extended its winning streak to five games Wednesday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep of Piedmont College. The Lady Cougars overwhelmed the Lady Lions in the first game 11-0 then won a pitchers’ duel in game two, coming out on top 2-1.

The Lady Cougars wasted no time in game one, loading the bases on an error, a hit batter and a walk. Sydney Howell plated the first run of the day with a sacrifice fly while Amber Covington and Amber Swaney each followed with an RBI single. Emily Huston singled in two more for a quick 5-0 lead.

Amber Swaney added to her RBI totals again in the third with a single and knocked in two more an inning later with a two-run hit. Howell followed suit in the fourth as well with a two-run single to push the Lady Cougars’ advantage to 10-0.

Maura Ditto joined the hit parade in the fifth with an RBI single, plating Jasmine Cobb who led off the frame with a single. Kelsey Haley was equally as effective in the circle for CSCC tossing five shutout innings to get the win while Jordan Bennett took the loss for Piedmont.

"The girls did very well today, especially after the long ride down here," said Lady Cougar coach Katie Willingham. "It's not easy getting off the bus and playing well, but they did it today. Kelsey Haley threw an amazing game. She kept them off balance and gave up only two hits and Capella did well in game two."

Game two was a totally different affair. The Lady Cougars managed to scratch out a run in the top of the first after Leslie Still drew a walk, moving to second on a nice sacrifice bunt from Amber Swaney. She scored on another hit from Howell for a 1-0 lead.

Still singled, stole second and later scored on a passed ball in the third inning as the visitors doubled their lead to 2-0.

The Lady Lions avoided their second straight shutout, plating their only run of the day in the sixth when Abby Smith tripled and scored on an errant throw to cut the lead in half, 2-1.

The rally ended there as Kelsey Capella finished strong to help the Lady Cougars (12-19) finish off the sweep. Capella scattered three hits and fanned seven Lady Lions in her seven innings of work to get the win. Samantha Gibson went the distance in allowing only four hits and two runs, but suffered the loss for Piedmont.

Amber Swaney, Ditto and Howell led the way for CSCC with three hits on the day while Still, Huston and Sara O'Rear chipped in with two hits each.

The Lady Cougars will travel to Gallatin for a four-game weekend series with Volunteer State.