Columbus State 8, Carson-Newman 2

May 12, 2005

Kennesaw, GA...Columbus State scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning here Thursday and never looked back, taking an 8-2 win over Carson-Newman in the South Atlantic Regional. CSU (34-12), the #5 seed, advances to face host and top-seed Kennesaw State at 5 PM.

Erin Brown and Mia Moffett each reached base on errors in the first inning and later scored to give CSU the early lead. Jenny Baaske singled home Brown with the first run, and Moffett scored on a Toby Moore groundout to make it 2-0. CSU added two more runs in the fourth and a single run in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.

Carson Newman tallied a run in the fifth after a CSU error to make it 5-1, but Amber Lanier's bases-loaded double in the sixth put the game away for the Lady Cougars. The hit emptied the bases and extended the sophomore left-fielder's hitting streak to 13 games.

Randi Rainwater was solid in the circle for CSU, hurling a five-hitter and allowing just the two unearned runs. Rainwater fanned five and walked one in pitching the complete game.

The CSU offense pounded out 13 hits in the game, led by two each from Baaske, Moore, Mia Moffett, Allison Paul, and Melissa McDaniel. Five different players knocked in a run, while Lanier tallied three RBI with her double.

CSU will try to defeat Kennesaw State for the fifth straight time this season. The two squads last met in the championship round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, resulting in a 10-7 CSU win.

NOTE: Four CSU players were named to the All-South Atlantic Region Teams announced on Thursday night. Jenny Baaske was named to the First Team squad, while Mia Moffett, Toby Moore, and Stasha Morton each earned Second Team honors. Baaske is now eligible for Division II All-America selection by virtue of her First Team status. Kennesaw State led the balloting with six total players on the two teams. In all 22 of the 29 All-Region selections were from Peach Belt Conference schools.

     
                        2005 South Atlantic Region Championships
                            Columbus State vs Carson-Newman
                   May 12, 2005 at Kennesaw, Georgia (Bailey Complex)

Columbus State 8 (34-12)                      Carson-Newman 2 (39-10)

Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
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Erin Brown rf..............  5  1  1  1       LeAndrea Johnson ss........  4  0  0  0
Latoya Moffett cf..........  5  1  2  1       Mandy Stevens 3b...........  3  0  0  0
Jenny Baaske c.............  5  1  2  1       Erin Rutherford lf.........  3  0  1  0
Toby Moore 1b..............  3  1  2  1       Lisa Rogers 1b.............  3  0  0  0
 Jessica Marino pr.........  0  1  0  0       Lauren McKaig rf...........  3  0  0  0
Lucia Heston ss............  3  1  0  0       Hillary Howard dp..........  2  1  0  0
Amber Lanier lf............  4  0  1  3       Kim Thorne c...............  3  0  1  0
Allison Paul dp............  4  1  2  1        Tiffany Seals pr..........  0  1  0  0
Melissa McDaniel 3b........  3  1  2  0       Whitney Hickman 2b.........  3  0  3  1
Danielle Aszman 2b.........  3  0  1  0       Meaghan McNutt cf..........  3  0  0  0
Randi Rainwater p..........  0  0  0  0       Megan Elliott p............  0  0  0  0
                                               Sarah Houser p............  0  0  0  0
Totals..................... 35  8 13  8       Totals..................... 27  2  5  1

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Columbus State...... 200 213 0 -  8 13  4
Carson-Newman....... 000 010 1 -  2  5  5
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E - Heston 2(6); McDaniel(9); Aszman(6); Johnson 2(10); Rogers(7); Hickman(13);
Elliott(2). DP - Cougars 2. LOB - Cougars 10; Eagles 5. 2B - Lanier(11); Hickman
2(12). SH - Heston; McDaniel; Aszman. SB - Paul(1); Hickman(2).

Columbus State                 IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
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Randi Rainwater  W,16-7....   7.0  5  2  0  1  5   0  0  0  0   27 28   4 10

Carson-Newman                  IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
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Megan Elliott  L,36-9......   6.0 10  8  3  1  4   0  0  0  0   29 33   2 11
Sarah Houser ..............   1.0  3  0  0  0  1   1  0  0  0    6  6   0  2

WP - Houser. PB - Thorne.

Strikeouts - Moffett; Baaske; Heston 2; Lanier; Stevens; Rogers 3; McKaig. Walks -
Moore; Howard.

Umpires - Home:Cindy Arnold  1st:Frank Holcomb  3rd:Mike Raynor
Start: 11:00 AM   Time: 2:05   Attendance: 89
Game: BOX01

Game notes:
Columbus State will play Kennesaw State at 5:00 PM on May 12.
Carson Newman moves into the elimination bracket and will play the loser of
the North Florida vs. Coker/USC Upstate game May 13.




-- Courtesy Columbus State