Cougars Roar Back to Defeat Georgia College 7-6
Milledgeville – Eric Wiess drove in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly that capped off a three-run ninth inning rally that lifted Columbus State University to a 7-6 victory over Georgia College. The Peach Belt Conference game took place at John Kurtz Field in Milledgeville, Georgia.
The Cougars (28-17, 14-12) entered the ninth trailing 7-5 but three straight singles began the frame as CSU loaded the bases. After a Seth Corbitt ground out scored a run, Cameron Scott laced a singled to leftfield tying the game at seven-all. Brett Teschner walked to reload the bases before Weiss' sacrifice fly to leftfield.
Georgia College struck first scoring a single run in the first. Tanner Funk led the frame off with a double to leftfield and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Patrick Daugherty. During the next at-bat, Funk scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the third, Funk hit a two-out solo home run over the leftfield wall before a walk and single put two runners on for the Bobcats. After a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position, Cody Mass singled to leftfield knocking in the two runs.
The game was tied at five heading to the bottom of the fifth as Teschner hit his team leading seventh home run showing his opposite field power as the ball cleared the right-centerfield wall.
Like they have done all series long, the Bobcats (28-18, 16-9 PBC) regained the lead on a Travis Echols two-run double. The inning started when Funk worked a 3-2 walk from Cougar starter Brodie Leibrandt and Patrick Daugherty singled through the right side of the infield.
From there Levi Futo shut down the Georgia College offense allowing the Cougars to win the game in the ninth. Futo improved to 2-3 on the season giving up just three hits in the final four innings.
Brodie Leibradnt pitched five innings allowing six runs on eight hits. It was the sophomore's first no-decision of the season.
Four different Georgia College players had two hits including Travis Echols and Cody Maas who both recorded a pair of RBIs.
GC starter Darin Wiltgen lasted five innings allowing four runs (three earned). Matt LaMothe suffered his first loss of the season dropping his record to 4-1.