No. 15 Columbus State Blanks Clark Atlanta
Columbus – The 15th ranked Columbus State University baseball team scored 24 runs in the third innning en route to a 33-0 victory over Clark Atlanta in game two of a doubleheader played at Ragsdale Field on Saturday.
The 24 runs scored in the third frame broke the Peach Belt Conference record for the most runs in an inning. The previous mark of 16 was reached twice with the last coming by Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2006.
Also, the 33 runs scored in the game is a program high for Columbus State.
The Cougars (2-0) scored a run in the first and second inning to jump out in front 2-0. After Navarro Hall walked and stole a base, Cameron Scott drove the senior in with a single into rightfield to open the scoring in the first.
Logan Dollar began the second with a single into left-centerfield and advanced to second on a balk. He then moved station-to-station on two groundouts with the final one coming off the bat of Kevan Dorsey driving the first baseman in.
Scott drove in the first two runs of the third inning after a Pullen bunt single and a Hall walk. Brett Teschner singled scoring Scott to make the score 5-0.
After two walks, a hit by pitch, an infield single and a fly out to centerfield, Scott came to the plate and blasted the first of two grand slams for the Cougars on the night.
Clark Atlanta would proceed to change pitchers but to no prevail as two of the next three batters were plunked by pitches. Dorsey quickly cleared the bases with a towering shot to rightfield for a three-run shot for his first career home run.
Pullen, Teschner and Dollar all had RBI singles following the Rasmus triple.
Hall drove in the final run of the record setting inning with a single into centerfield.
The Cougars played long ball in the fourth as Dorsey stroke the second grand slam of the game for CSU over the right-centerfield wall.
After two straight walks and two pop-ups, Scott concluded his great night slamming his second homer of the game this time a three-run blast capping off the 33 runs for the Cougars.
Scott tied the PBC record for RBIs in a game with 10. The preseason All-PBC designated hitter went 5-for-6 with two home runs and scored four runs.
The last time a player had 10 RBIs in the Peach Belt Conference was by Chris Sosebee of Montevallo in 2010.
Dorsey also had an outstanding night going 3-for-5 and driving in nine runs.
Ten different Cougar batters recorded at least one hit with five collecting two or more.
On the mound, Brodie Leibrandt (1-0) started for Columbus State lasting five innings allowing just four hits. The southpaw struck out eight batters along the way.
Columbus State and Clark Atlanta will conclude the three-game series tomorrow, Sunday, February 5 at Ragsdale Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.