Keene State 4, Columbus State 3

May 15, 2005

Top-seeded Kennesaw State won in its last at-bat for the second straight game to stay alive in the South Atlantic Region Championship, breaking a string of five straight losses to Columbus State with a 4-3 win to advance to the championship round.

No. 5-seed Columbus State had swept the season series and a pair of games from the Owls in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament before beating Kennesaw State, 1-0 in eight innings, on the opening day of the regional.

However, some last-inning heroics from Jennifer Nolan gave the Owls the win that mattered most between the two schools this season. Nolan's two-out double off the fence in center brought in Jen Hunt with the tying run and April Keasler with the winner as the Owls eliminated the Cougars from the tournament.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Hunt started the inning off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A groundout and a walk to Cambria McKay put runners at the corners for Nolan, who drove in Hunt and Keasler, who was running for McKay.

Nolan ended the day 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Hunt and Kerri McKee were also 2-for-4 for the Owls.

The Cougars had taken a 3-2 lead on Lucia Heston's homer in the sixth. Toby Moore and Amber Lanier had RBI singles in the first inning to put Columbus State up 2-0.

Kennesaw State answered with a pair of runs in the fifth on a bases-loaded single by Nolan down the left-field line.

Heston and Lanier each had a pair of hits for Columbus State, which ended its season with a 35-14 record.

                               The Automated ScoreBook
                            Columbus State vs Kennesaw State
                   May 14, 2005 at Kennesaw, Georgia (Bailey Complex)

Columbus State 3 (51-11)                      Kennesaw State 4 (35-14)

Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
Erin Brown rf..............  4  1  1  0       Jen Hunt lf................  4  1  2  0
Latoya Moffett cf..........  3  0  0  0       Lori Cassell 2b............  3  0  1  0
Jenny Baaske c.............  3  1  0  0       Keri McKee 1b..............  4  0  2  0
Toby Moore 1b..............  4  0  1  1        Courtney Matiak pr........  0  1  0  0
Lucia Heston ss............  3  1  2  1       Cambria McKay c............  1  0  0  0
Amber Lanier lf............  2  0  2  1        April Keasler pr..........  0  1  0  0
Allison Paul dh............  2  0  0  0       Jennifer Nolan 3b..........  4  0  2  4
Randi Rainwater p..........  3  0  1  0       Amy Middleton cf...........  3  0  0  0
Danielle Aszman 2b.........  3  0  1  0        Kate Winstel rf...........  0  0  0  0
Melissa McDaniel 3b........  0  0  0  0       Megan Gant dh..............  3  0  0  0
                                              Amanda Malcom ss...........  3  0  1  0
                                              Kelley Cowart rf...........  3  1  0  0
                                              Janet Kearns p.............  0  0  0  0
                                               Brittany Matthews p.......  0  0  0  0
                                               Lisa Lamb p...............  0  0  0  0
Totals..................... 27  3  8  3       Totals..................... 28  4  8  4

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Columbus State...... 200 001 0 -  3  8  2
Kennesaw State...... 000 020 2 -  4  8  0
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Note: 2 outs, 1 runner LOB when the game ended.

E - Moore(8); Aszman(8). DP - Owls 1. LOB - Cougars 7; Owls 8. 2B - Rainwater(4);
Nolan(12). HR - Heston(4). SH - Moffett(12); Cassell(7). SB - Brown(7).

Columbus State                 IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Randi Rainwater  L,16-8....   6.2  8  4  2  3  1   0  0  0  0   28 32   4 14

Kennesaw State                 IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Janet Kearns ..............   3.0  7  2  2  1  2   0  0  0  0   15 17   1  6
Brittany Matthews .........   2.0  1  1  1  2  0   0  0  0  0    6  8   2  3
Lisa Lamb  W,10-3..........   2.0  0  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    6  6   1  4

PB - Baaske(5).

Strikeouts - Heston; Paul; Rainwater; Nolan. Walks - Baaske; Lanier; Paul; McKay 3.

Umpires - Home:Frank Holcomb  1st:Ernie Pryor  3rd:Glenda Holcomb
Start: 12:00 PM   Time: 2:10   Attendance: 210
Game: BOX09




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Play-by-Play
                            The Automated ScoreBook
                Columbus State vs Kennesaw State - Play-by-Play
               May 14, 2005 at Kennesaw, Georgia (Bailey Complex)


Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Columbus State...... 200 001 0 -  3  8  2
Kennesaw State...... 000 020 2 -  4  8  0
-----------------------------------------

Columbus State starters: 7/rf Brown; 12/cf Moffett; 11/c Baaske; 42/1b
   Moore; 4/ss Heston; 25/lf Lanier; 3/dh Paul; 0/p Rainwater; 8/2b Aszman;
   18/3b McDaniel;

Kennesaw State starters: 12/lf Hunt; 9/2b Cassell; 30/1b McKee; 15/c McKay;
   13/3b Nolan; 7/cf Middleton; 10/dh Gant; 21/ss Malcom; 23/rf Cowart; 6/p
   Kearns;

Columbus State - inning 1

   Brown singled to left field. Moffett out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt;
   Brown advanced to second. Baaske walked. Moore singled to left field,
   RBI; Baaske advanced to third; Brown scored. Heston struck out swinging.
   Lanier singled up the middle, RBI; Moore advanced to second; Baaske
   scored. Paul struck out swinging. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Kennesaw State - inning 1

   Hunt singled to pitcher. Cassell reached on a fielder's choice; Hunt out
   at second p to ss. McKee grounded out to ss; Cassell advanced to second.
   McKay walked. Nolan struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Columbus State - inning 2

   Rainwater grounded out to ss. Aszman singled to left field. Brown reached
   on a fielder's choice; Aszman out at second 3b to 2b. Brown stole second.
   Moffett grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Kennesaw State - inning 2

   Middleton grounded out to p. Gant grounded out to 2b. Malcom grounded out
   to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Columbus State - inning 3

   Baaske grounded out to 3b. Moore grounded out to 1b unassisted. Heston
   singled up the middle. Lanier singled to right field; Heston advanced to
   second. Paul flied out to ss. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Kennesaw State - inning 3

   Cowart grounded out to p. Hunt lined out to p. Cassell singled to right
   field. McKee singled to second base; Cassell advanced to second. McKay
   lined out to 1b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Columbus State - inning 4

   Rainwater doubled to right center. Matthews to p for Kearns. Aszman
   popped into double play 1b to ss; Rainwater out on the play. Brown
   grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Kennesaw State - inning 4

   Nolan grounded out to p. Middleton flied out to rf. Gant reached on a
   fielding error by 1b, assist by 2b. Malcom grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0
   hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Columbus State - inning 5

   Winstel to rf for Middleton. Cowart to cf. Moffett out at first 1b to 2b,
   bunt. Baaske grounded out to ss. Moore flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0
   errors, 0 LOB.

Kennesaw State - inning 5

   Cowart reached on a throwing error by 2b. Hunt flied out to lf. Cassell
   grounded out to 3b; Cowart advanced to second. McKee singled to left
   field; Cowart advanced to third. Matiak pinch ran for McKee. McKay
   walked; Matiak advanced to second. Nolan singled down the lf line, 2 RBI;
   McKay out at second lf to p to 1b to 3b; Matiak scored, unearned; Cowart
   scored, unearned. 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Columbus State - inning 6

   McKee to 1b for Matiak. Heston homered to left center, RBI. Lanier
   walked. Paul walked; Lanier advanced to second. Lamb to p for Matthews.
   Rainwater struck out swinging. Aszman grounded out to p; Paul advanced to
   second; Lanier advanced to third. Brown lined out to 3b. 1 run, 1 hit, 0
   errors, 2 LOB.

Kennesaw State - inning 6

   Middleton to cf for Winstel. Cowart to rf. Middleton grounded out to 3b.
   Gant grounded out to p. Malcom singled to right center. Malcom advanced
   to second on a passed ball. Cowart grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0
   errors, 1 LOB.

Columbus State - inning 7

   Moffett grounded out to p. Baaske grounded out to 2b. Moore grounded out
   to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Kennesaw State - inning 7

   Hunt singled to right field. Cassell out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt;
   Hunt advanced to second. McKee grounded out to 3b; Hunt advanced to
   third. McKay walked. Keasler pinch ran for McKay. Nolan doubled to center
   field, 2 RBI; Keasler scored; Hunt scored. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1
   LOB.








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