Whaley’s Double Lifts Lady Eagles in Split with Columbus State
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Junior Kim Whaley's (Maryville, Tenn.) three-run double in the fifth inning delivered a 6-5 win in game two as Carson-Newman split a softball doubleheader with Columbus State University on Tuesday afternoon. The Cougars won the first game, 2-1.
Columbus State starter Kristi Bullard held Carson-Newman (6-4) to only two hits as the Lady Cougars grabbed a 2-1 win in the first game.
Bullard held the Lady Eagles to a pair of singles and C-N couldn't capitalize on a walk, a hit batsmen, and CSU errors in the third inning.
Senior Leah Price (Spring City, Tenn.) reached after being hit by a pitch by Bullard with one out and Cassidy Skeen (Powell, Tenn.) would reach on an error by Bullard to give the Lady Eagles runners at the corners.
The Lady Eagles would take a 1-0 lead as Price scored on a throwing error by CSU catcher Casey Googe on a Skeen stolen base.
After Skeen took third on a wild pitch, Amber Hewitt (Ringgold, Ga.) drew a one-out walk to give the Lady Eagles runners at the corners again, but Skeen would be thrown at home on an attempted double steal to end the threat.
Googe led CSU with three hits.
Mary Shealy (LP, 3-2) took the loss for C-N, scattering nine hits and surrendering only two earned runs.
Whaley roped a two-out, three run double with Carson-Newman trailing 3-1 to spark five unanswered runs by the Lady Eagles and help C-N grab game two, 6-5
Whaley's double followed a single earlier in the inning by Hewitt and a walk by shortstop Whitney Kee (Knoxville, Tenn.). Skeen also reached on an error to help the Lady Eagles load the bases for Whaley.
After the Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first, C-N tied the game with a run in the third. Kee singled on the infield to score Price, who led off the inning with a hit to tie the game.
CSU would take a 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run Kara Gordon off of C-N starter Jessie Forrester.
Kelsey Gillam retired the Lady Eagles in order in the fourth before C-N answered with the Whaley double in the fifth.
Carson-Newman added two much-needed insurance runs in the sixth as Shealy, Price, and Skeen strung together three singles.
Price, Whaley, and Hewitt each had two hits for the Lady Eagles.
Shealy picked up the win to improve to 4-2 on the year. She allowed two earned runs in 3.1 innings of work.
Carson-Newman returns to action on Friday at Erskine College in Due West, S.C. First pitch is at 2 p.m.