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Pensacola, FL – The 10th ranked Columbus State University baseball team made three costly errors in the second inning that allowed top ranked West Florida to push across three runs as the Agronuats held on for a 3-2 victory Tuesday night. The game was played at Jim Spooner Field in Pensacola.
The Cougars (13-6) struck first in the top of the second as back-to-back singles by Eric Weiss and Seth Corbitt got things going for CSU. A perfectly executed double steal allowed both runners to move into scoring position and Weiss would come around to score on a wild pitch to score the first run of the game.
The bottom half of the frame did not go as planned for CSU as Josh Huggins reached base on a throwing error by Cougar third baseman Cameron Griffin. The next batter singled up the middle before a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt allowed Huggins to cross the plate.
With a runner now on third, a Justin Bennett groundout allowed the second run to come home. A two-out single by the Argos and a four pitch walk quickly put another pair of runners on base for UWF (14-3). During the next at-bat, a wild pitch allowed Blake Barber to move to third and when Cougar catcher Brett Teschner tried to gun down the runner at third, the throw went errant allowing the third run to score.
CSU recorded only one hit from the third inning until the seventh.
In the seventh, the Cougars got a rally going as Teschner was plunked with a pitch to lead off the frame. After a flyout, Corbitt laced a double to leftfield allowing Teschner to move up to third base. Logan Dollar, the next batter, skied a sacrifice fly to rightfield getting the Cougars within one.
Columbus State had one last chance in the ninth as Cameron Scott singled and a sacrifice bunt by Teschner moved pinch runner Aaron Jividen to second with just one out. With two-outs, Corbitt singled through the left side of the infield moving the tying run just 90 feet away from the plate. However, Dollar flew out to end the game.
Brian Ellington allowed just four hits in 6.1 innings pitched. He struck out seven just four hits as he recorded the win for UWF.
Seth Corbitt went 3-for-4 for the Cougars while Eric Weiss was 2-for-4.
Columbus State and West Florida will wrap up a two-game midweek series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch coming at 4:00 p.m.