COLUMBUS, Ga. -- In dramatic fashion, the Lady Cougars came from behind for a 7-6 win in the first of two afternoon games against Peach Belt Conference foe Francis Marion. Columbus State (18-8, 1-0) racked up five home runs including a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh by Kristen Carr. The Patriots dropped to 10-13, 0-1 in PBC play.
Lindsey DeFee (3-1) earned the win in 4.1 innings pitched. Carr started the game and allowed five runs off three hits and four walks before turning duties over to DeFee.
Taylor Luff (5-8) was charged with the loss in 6.1 innings. Although she struck out 12 Lady Cougars, she walked seven and allowed seven hits and seven earned runs.
With only one out, two walks and an infield single loaded the bases for the Patriots in the top of the third. Kristie Hanewinckel hit a grand slam for Francis Marion, and Ashley Burney added a solo homer to put FMU up 5-0.
Not to be left out of the fun, Suzanne Carney and Morgan Knight opened up the bottom of the inning with back-to-back home runs for Columbus State. After Casey Googe drew a walk and stole second base, Carr doubled to right center to bring her home and put the Lady Cougars within two, 5-3.
In the top of the fourth, a speedy Jessie Sims reached base on balls and stole second to put the Patriots in scoring position. Luff brought her in on a single to right center for another FMU run, but Nina Rubio answered the call in the bottom of the inning with a solo homer making the score 6-4.
DeFee drove out a solo home run in the sixth make it a one-run game, while on defense she kept the Patriots scoreless in the final three innings. In the bottom of the seventh, Googe walked once more to set up Carr's game-winning home run that won it for the Lady Cougars 7-6.