On February 10th, 2017, the Emmanuel College Lady Lions traveled to Columbus State College to take on the Cougars in a double header event.
The Lady Lions and the Cougars battled the first four innings in attempt to put the first runs on the board. Emmanuel with several scoring options fell short as they left 7 runners on base. Bottom of the 5th, Columbus finally put their first runs on the board when a single, a couple of walks, and a home run put 4 runs for the Cougars. The Emmanuel Lions quickly answered when freshman Mary Baxter hit her first collegiate home run—bringing the score 4-1 Cougars. Columbus wasn't finished yet and came back out to score 4 more runs in the bottom of the 6th. Unanswered the Lions fell 8-1 to the Cougars.
In the start of the second game, the Cougars came out strong to score 2 runs off a few good hits and again bottom of the second with 3 more runs. Emmanuel Lions answered back by scoring 5 runs when transfer sophomore Taylor Saxon singled to the right side. Sophomore Aubree Thacker then walked and senior Halle Cheek got on the bases with a fielder's choice. Crystal Busbee then reached on a throwing error loading the bases. Freshman Meredith Reece then reached on another Cougar error and brought in Cheek for the first Lady Lion run. Quick thinking by the freshman Reece led Busbee to steal home in a first and third steal. Transfer sophomore Becky Collins then reached on another fielding error by the second baseman while also bringing in Reece. Sophomore Brianna Morgan continued with a singled to advance Collins. Mary Baxter then reached on a fielder's choice but managed to bring in Collins to tie the score 5-5.
Emmanuel would go on to leave 8 runners on base and be out scored 9-5 by the Cougars. Overall, the Lady Lions put up a hard fight but fell short and were unable to string hits together to score more.
The Lady Lions take on Georgia Southwestern State at their place on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm.
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