Columbus State Takes Series From Georgia Southwestern With 6-4 Win
Columbus – Will Casey pitched eight strong innings and the Columbus State University offense pushed across six runs as CSU defeated Georgia Southwestern 6-4 in the rubber match of a Peach Belt Conference three-game series Saturday afternoon. The game took place at Ragsdale Field.
Columbus State (27-16, 13-11 PBC) got on the board in the first by scoring an unearned run. J.D. Pullen led the frame off by hitting a chopper up the middle that the shortstop gobbled up but his throw was off line allowing Pullen to advance to second on the error. After a sacrifice bunt by Aaron Jividen, Cameron Scott legged out an infield single and recorded a RBI as Pullen crossed the plate.
Georgia Southwestern (10-32, 6-20) received a gift from the Cougars in the top of the second. A leadoff single was erased on a double play but Corey Benson had a two-out single to get a rally started. On the first pitch to Jarrod Taylor, the Hurricane flied a ball to centerfield where Jividen dropped the ball allowing Benson to score from first.
Three straight singles by Columbus State in the third brought home a run with Jividen notching the RBI with a chopper up the middle. After a Brett Teschner walk loaded the bases, Eric Weiss skied a sacrifice fly to centerfield to make it a 3-1 game.
The Cougars were at it again in the fourth as Logan Dollar lined a double down the leftfield line to open the frame followed by a Harrison Waller single. Kenny Miller would then hit a long sacrifice fly to leftfield that pushed the first run across the plate.
After a pop out, Waller stole second and scored on a throwing error by the third baseman on a Jividen grounder.
Georgia Southwestern scored three runs in the top of the fifth thanks to two Cougar errors. Blane Parker reached base on a one-out fielding error by CSU third baseman Cameron Griffin. A Michel Coffey single put two runners on base for John Duran who ripped a double down the leftfield line that scored Parker. While the ball was in the corner, Pullen had some trouble corralling it, which allowed Coffey to score from first.
Zach Moss closed out the scoring in the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Weiss got one back for the Cougars in the bottom half of the frame with his second homer of the season over the rightfield wall to make it a 6-4 game.
The Hurricanes put one runner on in the eighth and ninth but never threatened as the Cougars held on for the victory.
Will Casey (6-2) pitched eight innings allowing four runs (one earned) on seven hits. He struck out a season high nine batters while not issuing a walk.
Chase Gilreath pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save of the season.
Eric Weiss had a perfect 2-for-2 day with a homer, sacrifice fly and a walk. He had two RBIs and scored a run. J.D. Pullen also had two hits while crossing the plate twice.
Navarro Hall did not get the start in the game but came on as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and extended his hitting streak to 12-games. It is the longest streak by a Cougar player since Jason Rogers ended the 2010 season on an 18-game streak.
Matt Weaver fell to 1-8 on the season after lasting just 3.2 innings allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits.
Michel Coffey and John Duran each went 2-for-5 for GSW with a run scored. Duran had a RBI.
Columbus State will not play a mid-week game this week but will travel to Milledgeville for a pivotal Peach Belt Conference series versus Georgia College. The series will begin Friday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m.