From: COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS NEWS
COLUMBUS – Eric Weiss had three hits and Cameron Scott added a late homerun to help lead the eleventh ranked Columbus State baseball team to an 8-2 season opening victory over West Alabama.
The Cougars (1-0) got on the scoreboard early scoring three runs in the first inning. Ryan Lewis led off with a walk and advanced to third base on a Scott double down the leftfield line. Bruce Alter drove in Lewis on a sacrifice fly and Scott moved up to third base. Back-to-back walks to Logan Dollar and Mitch Rider loaded the bases. After a strikeout, Scoop Pharr and Navarro Hall both drew a walk allowing CSU to plate two more runs for the early advantage.
Thomas Campbell lived up to the preseason hype as he was dominant from the get go not allowing a base hit until the fourth inning. The All-PBC selection from a year ago worked 5.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits and three walks.
Campbell kept the Tigers off-balance before starting to fatigue in the sixth inning. He gave up a lead-off walk before getting Kevin Deese to flyout to rightfield. Micah Reeves capitalized on the only major mistake of the afternoon by Campbell as he hit a two-run homerun over the leftfield fence.
CSU added some insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings to secure the win. Dollar drew a one-out walk. He moved up a base after Rider reached on an error by the UWA first baseman. Weiss singled to rightfield loading the bases for the Cougars. Following a strikeout, Hall drilled a single to centerfield plating two runs. Weiss would later score on a balk by Neal Lambert giving the hosts a 7-2 advantage after seven innings of action.