Montgomery, AL –The fifth ranked Columbus State University baseball team banged out 13 hits en route to scoring 10 runs as the Cougars defeated Auburn-Montgomery 10-1 Wednesday afternoon.
The Warhawks (7-5) are the 13th ranked NAIA team in the country.
Every Cougar starter had at least one hit during the game including Cameron Scott who went 3-for-5 while scoring two runs.
The Cougars (7-0) were held scoreless in the first inning before scoring a single run in the second and third.
J.D. Pullen generated yet another run on the season reaching on an error to lead of the third inning. He stole second and advanced to third on a Scott line out to rightfield. During the next at-bat, he scored the second run of the game on a wild pitch.
Columbus State struck for seven runs in the top of the fourth thanks to two key Auburn-Montgomery errors. After Eric Weiss led the inning off with a single and Rasmus drew a walk, Cameron Griffin reached base on a fielder's choice while Weiss and Rasmus scored on a throwing error by AUM pitcher, Wes Cook.
Pullen chased in a run with an infield single and Navarro Hall legged out a bunt single to load the bases for Scott.
It was déjà-vu all over again, as Scott grounded to the pitcher but yet another throwing error by the Warhawks allowed two more runs to cross the plate to give CSU a 7-0 lead.
After Brett Teschner was hit by a pitch and a Cougar fly out, Weiss drove in the sixth run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Rasmus drove in the final run of the frame with a bunt single.
The Cougars scored their 10th and final run of the game in the eighth inning as Rasmus drew a bases loaded walk.
Levi Futo (1-0) picked up his first victory of the season throwing seven innings of shutout ball. The senior allowed just three hits and struck out five AUM batters.
Cyle Rasmus had his best game of the season going 2-for-3 while driving in three runs.
Columbus State will be back in action this weekend as they host seventh ranked Francis Marion beginning Saturday, February 18. First pitch will be at 1:00 p.m. at Ragsdale Field.