Cougars Fall 4-1 to Georgia Southwestern
Columbus – Georgia Southwestern scored a pair of runs in the second and eighth innings and got an outstanding pitching performance from Frank Ambrosino as they bested Columbus State University 4-1 in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. The Peach Belt Conference game took place at Ragsdale Field on the campus of CSU.
Georgia Southwestern (10-31, 6-19 PBC) had at least one runner on base in every inning but the sixth as the Hurricanes banged out 12 hits but left 13 runners on base.
Cougar starter Brodie Leibrandt did not have his best stuff early on as the Hurricanes loaded the bases with two-outs in the first thanks to two hits and a walk. However, the southpaw struck out Chase Young to end the inning.
CSU (26-16, 12-11) was not so lucky in the second as Jarrod Taylor laced a double down the leftfield line with one-out. On the next play, Blane Parker hit a grounder to second baseman Harrison Waller who fielded it but his throw went over Logan Dollar's head at first and into the dugout allowing Taylor to score from second.
After Leibrandt got a fly out, John Duran singled up the middle scoring the second run of the frame.
The Cougars finally got their first hit of the game in the fourth inning when Cameron Scott doubled to rightfield. However, he was stranded on second.
In the sixth, Navarro Hall got a two-out rally started with a single up the middle extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Scott followed that with a single to rightfield before Brett Teschner drove in the lone Cougar run of the game with a single back up the middle.
Leibrandt was relieved by Bronson Gagner for the start of the eighth and preceded to walk the first two batters he face in 10 pitches. Chase Gilreath was called upon to put the fire out. After a sacrifice bunt, Duran once again had a big blow as he singled to centerfield driving in two key insurance runs.
Despite getting just one hit after the sixth inning, the Cougars had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. With two-outs, Ambrosino walked Cameron Griffin and Kevan Dorsey, however pinch-hitter Logan Dollar struck out looking to end the game.
Frank Ambrosino (3-3) pitched his second complete game of the season Saturday allowing one run on six hits. He struck out five batters and issued two walks.
Brodie Leibrandt (6-5) was the hard luck loser for Columbus State as he allowed two unearned runs in seven innings pitched. He punched out four while allowing 10 hits. He lowered his ERA to 2.13 on the season.
Cameron Scott was the lone Cougar player to have a multi-hit day going 2-for-4 while Brett Teschner was 1-for-4 with a run batted in.
John Duran was the offensive hero going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs for Georgia Southwestern. Randall Sheffield, Chase Young, Corey Benson and Beau Parker all had two hits.