No. 23 Cougars Fall 4-2 to North Georgia
Dahlonega – The 23rd ranked Columbus State University baseball team went 0-for-9 with runners on base and managed just two hits as North Georgia defeated the Cougars 4-2 Friday evening. The Peach Belt Conference game took place at Bob Stein Stadium in Dahlonega.
Freshman Jacob Beauchamp (4-1) walked seven batters but allowed just two hits. He allowed two runs (one earned) while striking out five batters as he worked 8.2 innings.
Reese Patten came on to get the final out for North Georgia.
The Saints gave Beauchamp a first inning run to work with as Matthew Black hit a one-out run scoring single. Derek Hooper and Kenny Bellavance reached before Black with back-to-back singles.
Columbus State (23-14, 10-9 PBC) did not record their first hit until the top of the fourth as Cameron Scott laced a two-out double down the leftfield line. After Brett Teschner walked and Eric Weiss was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Scott scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at one.
Cameron Griffin would then reach base on a fielding error by Saint third baseman Jordan Erisman that allowed Teschner to score to give CSU a short-lived lead.
In the bottom half of the frame, Cougar starter Levi Futo (2-2) loaded the bases by his own doing walking two batters and hitting another. With two-outs, Black delivered a two-run single through the left side of the infield that platted two to give the Saints a 3-2 lead.
Three straight singles by North Georgia (17-17, 7-12) scored the game's final run in the sixth inning as Andrew Gordon, Jordan Erisman and Hooper delivered for the Saints. Hooper had the run scoring blow singling up the middle.
After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Futo got out of the bases loaded jam by inducing a ground ball double play.
Cameron Scott was 1-for-4 for the Cougars while Brett Teschner recorded a hit in three at-bats while drawing a walk for CSU.
Futo pitched 6.1 innings in the loss allowing four runs on 11 hits. He struck out four while also issuing four walks. Bronson Gagner pitched the final 1.2 innings allowing just two hits.
In the last two games, the Cougars are 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position and have left 17 runners on base.
Matthew Black was the offensive hero for North Georgia going 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Derek Hooper, Kenny Bellavance and Travis Naraine all had two hits for the Saints.
Columbus State and North Georgia will wrap-up the three-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. Both games will take place at Bob Stein Stadium.