No. 7 Francis Marion Takes Series Away From No. 5 Columbus State
Columbus – Seventh ranked Francis Marion exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth inning on their way to a 12-5 victory over fifth ranked Columbus State. It was the third and final game of a three-game series in a top-10 showdown between the Peach Belt Conference foes.
Francis Marion (7-4, 2-1) jumped on the board in the second inning after a throwing error by Cougar third baseman Cameron Griffin extended the frame. CSU starter Will Casey looked like he was going to escape a jam recording two outs before Luke Tollison blooped a 0-2 pitch into leftfield to chase home Will Chandler for the first run of the game.
The Patriots got the first two runners on in the fourth on a Jacob Golliday single and Buddy Sosnoskie double. After a ground out to Casey, Tollison hit a sacrifice fly scoring Golliday.
Similar to the first game, Will Chandler put FMU on top with a homerun, this one a two-run jack in the fifth giving Francis Marion a 4-3 lead.
CSU (8-2, 1-2) took the lead right back in their half of the inning scoring two runs. Navarro Hall led off with a walk and then moved to second on a Scott single. Brett Teschner lined a shot up the middle scoring Hall to tie the game. After an Eric Weiss walk that loaded the bases, Cyle Rasmus hit a sacrifice fly off new FMU pitcher Jeffery Stoner scoring the Cougars fifth and final run of the game.
Sosnoskie led the sixth off with a single up the middle that CSU second baseman Rasmus got to but threw it over the first baseman's head allowing Sosnoskie to advance to second. Tollison drove in his third run of the game as he skiled a double into leftfield scoring Sosnoskie.
With runners on first and third with one-out, Casey induced a ground ball to shortstop as the Cougars got the out at second but were unable to turn the double play scoring Tollison from third.
FMU scored three after the play including a Golliday two-run single into centerfield.
The Patriots scored added three insurance runs in eighth off of CSU reliever Levi Futo to push the score to 12-5.
Will Casey (2-1) lasted 5.2 innings allowing eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits.
Cameron Scott went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Navarro Hall had two hits for Cougars. He also scored two runs.
Jeffrey Stone (1-0) picked up the victory allowing just two hits in 4.2 innings of work. He struck out four along the way.
Jacob Golliday and Luke Tollison each had three RBIs on the day.
Columbus State will be right back in action tomorrow, February 21 as they take on Young Harris. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Ragsdale Field.