Lady Cougars win one of two on the road
by By BRYAN GRISHAM CSCC Sports Information Director
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Cleveland State softball team split its non-conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon hitting the road for a twin bill with the Lady Jaguars of Georgia Perimeter. The Lady Cougars dropped game one by the slimmest of margins, 2-1 but bounced back to get a 7-5 win in game two.

Perimeter scored first in game one when Stephanie Satterfield doubled in a run in the bottom of the first inning for a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Cougars managed to tie the game in the top of the fifth without the benefit of a hit. Ciera Belcher reached base on a Lady Jaguar miscue, moved to second and to third on a ground ball and then scored the tying run on a passed ball.

Satterfield struck again in the fifth frame with an RBI single, plating Jessie Romines who had walked and stolen second for a 2-1 advantage.

Lyndsey Parden went the distance to get the win for the Lady Jaguars allowing only one hit along the way to Cleveland State’s Amber Swaney. Kelsey Capella went the whole way for the Lady Cougars allowing only seven hits in the loss.

“We had a lot of base runners in game one, but couldn’t get many across,” stated Lady Cougar coach Katie Willingham. “We had plenty of chances with walks, errors and hit batters, but didn’t execute when we had to. When you leave 10 runners on base, you should score more than one run.”

Ciera Belcher got the Lady Cougars off and running in their first turn at the plate in game two with a single. She moved to second on a grounder from Maura Ditto and later scored on a Lady Jaguars’ miscue.

The home team came right back in its half of the first when three hits produced a pair of runs with Satterfield doubling in a run and Samantha Maycock adding an RBI single for a 2-1 lead.

The lead stood up until the top of the fourth. Amber Covington and Sydney Howell each singled to start the rally and Covington came around to score on a triple from Emily Huston to tie the game at 2-2.

Abby Hulsey put Georgia Perimeter on top again in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double. But, the Lady Cougars came right back in the sixth to once again take the lead. Sara O’Rear provided the big hit with a two-run double and Ditto plated O’Rear with a single for a 5-3 Lady Cougar lead.

Alexsis Fields and Savannah Cook each had RBI hits for the Lady Jags in the bottom of the sixth as the home team tied the game again at 5-5.

In the first extra inning, the Lady Cougars finally took the lead for good in the top of the eighth. It was O’Rear one more time coming up with the big hit, this time an RBI double. Ditto followed with a run-scoring single to put the visitors on top for good at 7-5.

“We did a better job at the plate in game two,” stated Willingham. “We left 10 more runners on base, but we got a win and Ida and Kelsey did a good job of pitching. We’ve got to execute better with runners on base to win.”

Howell, Belcher, Ditto and O’Rear led the Lady Cougar hit parade with two safeties each. Ida Watson went the distance to get the win for Cleveland State (6-12) while Jenna Carr took the loss.

The Lady Cougars will host Motlow State for a four-game series this weekend.