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Columbus State wins 2-1 (8 innings), takes series over West Alabama

From: COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS NEWS

COLUMBUS – No. 11 Columbus State won a thrilling 2-1 (8 inn.) contest to take two-out-of-three versus West Alabama over the weekend at Ragsdale Field.  CSU improves to 2-1 on the young season while the Tigers fall to 1-2.

Ladarrius Cole led the game off with an infield single and moved up to second base on an error putting runners on first and second.  A wild pitched advanced both runners before Cole scored the game's first run on a Brian Simone sacrifice fly.  Levi Futo did a great job minimizing the damage as no other Tiger crossed the plate.

CSU threatened in the bottom half of the first inning but were unable to tie the game up.  Aaron Jividen singled to right field but was forced out on a fielder's choice by Eric Weiss.  Weiss reached second base after Cameron Scott walked with cleanup hitter Logan Dollar coming to the plate.  Dollar flied out to leftfield and Weiss forced a bad throw to third on a fake tag-up attempt.  After watching the ball carom, Weiss tried to move up to third base but was unsuccessful ending the inning. 

A pitchers duel ensued as neither team could muster up a string of hits as they were held scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Cougars knotted the game at one.

Mitch Rider started the inning with a walk and moved up to second on a wild pitch.  Ryan Lewis then ripped a single to centerfield putting runners on the corners with no outs.  Cameron Griffin then hit a shot to the shortstop who was able to corral the ball but the throw was off target to first base allowing the third baseman to reach base and also bringing in Rider for the tying run. 

A key double play by the West Alabama defense prevented a big inning keeping the score at 1-1 until the bottom of the eighth inning.

Navarro Hall hit a one out single to right field then stole second base.  The throw from the catcher was unable to be handled cleanly and scooted away into shallow centerfield allowing Hall to move up to third.  The UWA second baseman tried to gun down Hall at third base but his throw was not on line and Hall raced home for the game-winning score.

Futo was brilliant in his CSU debut allowing just the first inning run while tossing six solid innings.  He allowed just two hits on the afternoon while also striking out four.  Blake Sills picked up the win in relief throwing two scoreless innings, striking out three in the process.

The CSU bullpen was magnificent over the weekend as they worked 9.2 innings without allowing a single earned run. 

Hall finished the game with two hits (2-for-3) while Tyler Googe, Ryan Lewis and Aaron Jividen each had a hit in the series finale. 

Taylor Bratton suffered the loss for the Tigers allowing one unearned run in 2.2 innings of action.  Barry Meeks started the game working five innings giving up one run on three hits and two walks.  Cole and Jeremy Rice were the only batters to get a hit for West Alabama.

Columbus State travels to St. Leo, FL next weekend to take on St. Leo in a three game series.  The two sides will play a double-header on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and a single game to wrap up the series on Sunday.

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