Georgia College Wins Wild 9-8 Game Over Cougars
Milledgeville – Georgia College pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 11th on a throwing error by Columbus State to defeat the Cougars 9-8 Friday evening in the first game of a Peach Belt Conference Western Division series. The game took place at John Kurtz Field in Milledgeville, GA.
Seth Bancroft led off the bottom of the 11th with a single up the middle and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Karsten Stribey. After Drew Dades induced a pop up for the second out of the inning, Benton Yaun hit a grounder to Cyle Rasmus whose throw to first was wild allowing Bancroft to score.
Rasmus was playing in his first game since March 11 when he broke his jaw sliding into second. It was also his first action at shortstop this season.
Drew Dades (4-2) was struck with the loss pitching the final four innings for the Cougars. He allowed two unearned runs and just one hit. He did however walk three batters while punching out four.
Columbus State (27-17, 13-12 PBC) headed to the top of the ninth trailing 8-6 before striking for three runs. Three singles loaded the bases for the Cougars with one-out before Matt LaMothe threw a wild pitch allowing Seth Corbitt to score. Rasmus would then tie the game on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
However, the Bobcats (26-17, 16-8 PBC) came right back with one of their own on yet another critical Cougar error. After Dades issued a one-out walk to Clay Ardeeser, pinch-runner Heine Rivera stole second to get into scoring position. Bryce Williams would then hit a routine ground ball to third baseman Cameron Scott who committed an error that allowed Williams to score to tie the game at eight-all.
The Cougars had to battle back from an early 5-0 deficit as GC scored five first inning runs against Tyler Carpenter. Carpenter hit a batter with the bases loaded that allowed the first run to score while a sacrifice fly pushed across the second run of the game. Josh Young had the final blow of the inning hitting a two-out two-run single that stretch the Bobcat lead to 5-0.
CSU started to chip away in the fourth as back-to-back lead singles by Eric Weiss and Garrett Houghton started the frame. After a fielder's choice, Rasmus singled through the right side of the infield platting Weiss.
Logan Dollar had a two-run single in the fifth that brought the Cougars within a run of the lead.
The Bobcats pushed across a run in the bottom half of the fifth after Williams legged out a fielder's choice with the bases loaded.
Columbus State kept hanging in the game as Weiss led off the seventh inning with a single and advanced to second on a balk. After a wild pitch advanced the senior to third base, Kenny Miller hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 6-5 GC.
Georgia College responded once again with a two-out run in the bottom of the inning after Navarro Hall dove for a sinking liner off the bat of Yaun that allowed Ardeeser to score from first base.
Tyler Carpenter pitched 6.2 innings allowing seven runs on 10 hits in his eighth start of the season.
J.D. Pullen and Eric Weiss both had three hits for Columbus State. Pullen drove in a run while Weiss crossed the plate twice. Navarro Hall was 1-for-5 extending his hitting streak to 13-games.
Ten different Georgia College players recorded at-least one hit while Josh Young was the only player to have a multi-hit game.
Matt LeMothe improved to 4-0 on the sesason tossing the final 2.2 innings allowing one run on two hits.
Mike Guinane got the start for GC allowing five runs (two earned) over 6.1 innings.
Columbus State and Georgia College will resume their series tomorrow afternoon playing a doubleheader. The first game is set for 1:00 p.m. at John Kurts Field.