Fourth Ranked Columbus State Can't Slow Down Young Harris, Fall 13-7
Columbus – The fourth ranked Columbus State University baseball team scored seven runs but allowed 13 as they fell to Young Harris 13-7 Tuesday afternoon. The game was played at Ragsdale Field.
CSU got on the board early scoring a run in the first after J.D. Pullen reached on a fielding error by the first baseman. He moved to second on a Navarro Hall sacrifice bunt and third on a wild pitch. With two outs, Brett Teschner drove a single into leftfield scoring Pullen.
The Mountain Lions came right back with four of their own in the top of the second. A walk and two straight singles brought home the visitors first run of the game. A fielder's choice and a walk loaded the bases for YHC before Tom Valichka singled into rightfield scoring another. A bases loaded walk and a balk by freshman pitcher Alan Skinner allowed the final two runs of the frame to cross the plate.
The Cougars (8-3) roared back taking a 5-4 lead after two full innings of play. Cyle Rasmus singled past the third baseman to lead the inning off and moved to second on a Cameron Griffin bunt single. After a walk, Pullen dropped a single into centerfield scoring Rasmus.
Young Harris (9-4) was not done with the bats as they scored two runs in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
YHC scored two in the third with two outs on the board. After a walk and a single, Cougar reliever Bronson Gagner got Bowen Klosinski to strike out for the second out of the inning. However, Dom Wyshinski and Valichka had back-to-back RBI singles.
The Cougars looked to be back in the game scoring two in the fifth inning. Consecutive walks began the inning and a fly ball out to rightfield advanced both runners into scoring position. Kenny Miller brought home a run with a groundout while Pullen had a bunt single with two-outs bringing in the second run.
In the top of the sixth, Zach Bricknell led the frame off with a double down the rightfield line. The next batter, Jack Morrow, belted a pitch over the right-centerfield wall putting the Mountain Lions on top 11-7.
Young Harris capped off the game's scoring in the seventh as Bricknell hit a towering two-run home run off the rightfield scoreboard.
Brett Teschner went 3-for-5 for Columbus State with a RBI. Cameron Scott and J.D. Pullen each had two runs batted in while Pullen had two hits and scored two runs as well.
Alan Skinner made his first collegiate start Tuesday lasting just 1.1 innings. He allowed four runs on three hits and walked four. Bronson Gagner (0-1) was hit with the loss after going 3.1 innings allowing five runs (three earned).
Every Cougar pitcher that appeared in the game allowed at least one earned run.
Brice Merritt (2-0) picked up the victory for Young Harris. He pitched five innings and allowed seven runs (six earned).
Zach Bricknell had three RBIs in the game going 3-for-5 at the dish. Mike Medori, Jack Morrow and Tom Valichka each had two runs batted in apiece.
Columbus State will host yet another Peach Belt Conference power this weekend as 17th ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University comes to Columbus. The three-game series will begin with a single game on Saturday, February 25 with a doubleheader being played on Sunday. All three-games will be played at Ragsdale Field.