No. 19 Columbus State Baseball Routs Stillman 12-2
Columbus – Iain Sebastian was outstanding on the mound tossing a complete game and the Columbus State offense built a 6-1 lead through four innings on their way to a 12-2 victory over Stillman College in a non-conference matchup Wednesday evening at Ragsdale Field. CSU improves to 26-14 on the year while SC drops its mark to 19-16.
Stillman got on the scoreboard in the second inning after two quick outs were recorded. Casey Hall was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second on a single by Cameron McCreless. After a walk, Hall scored on a wild pitch before a groundout ended the inning.
The Cougars responded right back by scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning and the game's next six runs. Eric Weiss led off the home half of the second with a double to right-centerfield and moved up to third on a sharp single by Cameron Griffin. Scoop Pharr executed a perfect suicide squeeze reaching safely on the bunt. Later in the frame, Noah Watkins hit a sacrifice fly plating Griffin putting the Cougars ahead 2-1.
In the third inning, Ryan Lewis drew a walk then stole second base and reached third via a balk. Bruce Alter drove him in with a single to leftfield. Following a groundout, Weiss and Griffin each had an RBI hit cushioning the CSU advantage to 5-1. Lewis drove in his first run of the game with a double in the fourth inning.
SC recorded three consecutive hits including a RBI double by McCreless to cut the deficit to 6-2 after seven innings.
CSU then erupted for six more runs over the next two innings to put the game away. Logan Dollar hit his PBC leading 11th homerun of the season over the leftfield wall after the seventh inning stretch.
Eric Skinner picked up an RBI on a two-run single as the ball got by the Stillman centerfielder allowing Watkins to score on the play and Skinner to reach third. Lewis plated Skinner on a RBI groundout which was followed by a Cameron Scott double extending his hitting streak to eight games. Alter then deposited his ninth homerun of the season over the leftfield wall to close out the scoring in the ballgame.
Columbus State pounded out a season-best 16 hits led by Cameron Griffin's 3-for-4 performance. Bruce Alter, Logan Dollar, Eric Weiss, Noah Watkins and Eric Skinner all had two hits in the game for the Cougars.
Iain Sebastian tossed his first career complete game as he surrendered just two runs in the ball game while also striking out five batters. Earlier in the season the senior combined with freshman Tyler Carpenter to no-hit St. Leo on February 12 in the second game of a doubleheader.
CSU returns to the diamond on Friday, April 15 when it opens up an important three-game series with Georgia Southwestern. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at Ragsdale Field.