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Cougars earn no. 4 seed, headed to Savannah

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The no. 16 Columbus State softball teams earned a no. 4 seed in the Southeast Regional of the NCAA Division II softball tournament.

They will travel to Savannah, Ga., home of top seed and host Armstrong.

CSU will face no. 5 Mount Olive on Friday at 12:00 p.m. ET. When they do, it will have been almost three weeks since the Cougars last played, a 12-0 victory in the Peach Belt Conference championship on April 21.

"I'm ready to go, man," said Cougar head coach Brad Huskisson. "I love being out here on our home field every day, but you can only cut grass and drag the infield for practice so many times. I'm ready to get out of town, ready to go play."

Huskisson said his coaching staff has slowed things down this year as opposed to seasons past, not really "cranking up" until about a week before regionals.

"It kind of reminds us of the fall, where you keep on practicing, keep on practicing, you don't have many games," said senior outfielder Kori Waugh. "I think everybody's just ready to play. We've been going from playing every other day to now waiting two weeks to play, so I think everybody's just ready to go."

The team has done a lot of live hitting of their own pitchers, and played several intrasquad games, but the players say you just can't replicate actual competition.

"I hate practicing, personally, to be honest," said junior shortstop Casey Googe. "I love playing in games and playing against an opponent, so I think everybody's just really ready to head out and play."

The regional tournament is double elimination, so the Cougars will play on Saturday no matter what. If they win, the game will be at 11:00 a.m.; if they lose, it will be at 1:30 p.m.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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