Columbus State baseball wins season opener


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.

In the eighth inning Scott deposited the first pitch he saw over the rightfield fence closing out the scoring in the contest.

Weiss finished the day 3-for-4 scoring a run and also driving one in.  Scott had a pair of hits including the first homerun of the season for Columbus State.  Hall picked up the only other hit for the home team but CSU benefitted from nine West Alabama (0-1) walks.  Brian Satterfield was nearly perfect in relief tossing 3.2 of shutout ball.  He allowed just one hit, a two-out single in the eighth, and also struck out one batter.  He picked up his second save of his career.

Five different batters picked up a hit for UWA including the two-run homer by Reeves to plate their only runs of the game.  Reeves ended up 1-for-4 while Clint Brown and Brian Simone each went 1-for-3 at the dish.  Colter Millican, an All-Conference selection a year ago, suffered the loss giving up four runs in four innings of work.  He allowed just two hits but didn't have command of the strike zone as he issued eight walks.  Varner didn't allow an earned run (three total) in 2.2 innings pitched.

Columbus State will return to action tomorrow when they play a doubleheader against West Alabama starting at noon at Ragsdale Field on the campus of Columbus State University.  The second game will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.