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 March 26, 2013

The Cleveland State softball team braved the frigid temperatures and dodged the snowflakes just long enough to get in a pair of Region VII Conference games with Motlow State on Monday afternoon at Lady Cougar Field.

After falling to the Lady Bucks on Sunday in a single game, the Lady Cougars managed to gain a split on Monday as they won game one 9-7, but came up on the short end of a 6-1 final score in game two.

Game one was a seesaw affair. The Lady Cougars jumped on top as Maura Ditto belted a solo homer in the bottom of the first to put the home team on top 1-0. Two bunts and a sacrifice fly in the top of the second allowed the Lady Bucks to tie the game.

Meghan Allen put the Lady Cougars back on top in the third with a two-run single and Sydney Howell added another run to the cause with a single as the Cleveland State lead moved to 4-1.

The Lady Cougar defense fell apart in the fifth as two errors and a wild pitch led to three Lady Buck runs and a 4-4 tie. Amber Covington untied the contest once again in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI triple and then scored on a wild pitch for a 6-4 lead.

The Lady Bucks went back on top in the sixth as Ashley Williams doubled in two runs and Tori Taylor singled in another as the visitors took a 7-6 lead.

Finally. the Lady Cougars took the lead for good in their half of the sixth as three straight Lady Buck miscues allowed Amber Swaney, Leslie Still and Sara O'Rear to reach base and Ditto made them pay with a two run double as the home team finished off the hard-earned win in game one.

Kelsey Haley picked up the win for Cleveland State (7-14, 4-11) while Lindsey Knoer took the loss.

Game two was all Motlow State. Kelli Bruning hit a three-run homer in the top of the first for a quick lead. Williams knocked in a run in the second with a single to push the lead to 4-0.

The Lady Cougars, who managed only four hits in game two, picked up their only run in the bottom of the second as Huston lifted a sacrifice fly for an RBI. An error and a sacrifice fly in the fifth accounted for two more runs and put a bow on the on the win for the visitors.

Brienna Buckman got the win for the Lady Bucks while Ida Watson took the loss.

The Lady Cougars will travel to Walters State on Friday and Saturday for four more conference games.

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