COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Fighting Koalas softball team has been busy over the College's spring break posting 4 wins over Tennessee Temple, College of Coastal Georgia, and nationally ranked South Carolina Beaufort.
The Fighting Koalas defeated NCCAA member Tennessee Temple in a double header this past weekend 11-0 and 9-1 closing out in early innnings. Junior pitcher, Lindsay Knipp threw her first shut out of the 2013 season in the front end of the double header. Columbia then traveled to SSAC member College of Coastal Georgia this past Sunday.
The Fighting Koalas split on the day defeating the Lady Mariners in the opener 10-3. The cold temperatures Columbia couldn't hold on in the second game and gave Coastal the win 9-6 which ended a nine-game losing streak. Impressive performances by newcomer Rochelle Lyda who put up up a three-run bomb to center and who already had three hits in the game.
The Sand Sharks of University of South Carolina Beaufort were Columbia's last stop on their spring break campaign. Ranked 21st, USCB was stunned as Columbia grabbed the front end of the double header 5-4. The win marked the first time in the program's history to defeat a nationally ranked team. USCB battled back in the second game of the double header and captured the victory over the visiting Fighting Koalas 9-5.
The 4-2 record over spring break pushes Columbia to 10-6 overall and 1-1 in the AAC. Columbia softball will be back in action at home Thursday, March 14th as they take on AAC member institution Bryan College at Sutton Softball Stadium.