Columbus State Loses Rubber Match 6-4 to St. Leo

From: Columbus State University Athletics News

St. Leo, FL – The Columbus State baseball team scored in three of the last four innings in a late game rally attempt but eventually fell to St. Leo 6-4 Sunday afternoon at Southard Stadium.  With the loss, CSU falls to 3-3 on the season while the Lions improve to 3-2.

The Lions struck first in the second inning when Anthony Santa connected on his second homerun of the season giving the host a 1-0 lead.  In the bottom of the fifth inning, Chris Newcomb started off with a one-out single then scored on a double to right-centerfield by Ryan Brnovich.  After a wild pitched, Brnovich crossed home on a Ryan Powers single through the left side.  Jason Hamm singled later in the inning plating Powers.

Cameron Scott began the sixth inning with a one-out bunt single for the Cougars.  Bruce Alter followed that up with a single to leftfield which was misplayed allowing Scott to score all the way from first base making it a 4-1 ballgame. 

St. Leo scored their final two runs of the game in the bottom half of the inning which were both unearned.  Brendan Collins scored on an errant throw on a bunt attempt and Santa crossed on a RBI single by Frank Rawdow.

Tyler Googe reached on a fielding error to start off the top of the seventh inning.  After a popout, pinch-hitter Aaron Jividen reached on a bunt single moving Googe up to second.  Another popout ensued before a passed ball advanced the two runners into scoring position.  Ryan Lewis drove in two runs with a singe up the middle cutting the deficit in half, 6-3.  Logan Dollar hit a solo homerun in the eighth inning to close out the scoring in the game.  CSU went down in order in the final inning.

Cameron Scott and Logan Dollar each had a pair of hits in the game while Ryan Lewis drove in a pair of runs.  Four different Cougars scored in the contest.  Levi Futo (0-1) suffered the loss surrendering three runs in 4.1 innings of work.  He gave up five hits and two walks while striking out four.  Taylor Pica, Robby Nettles and Blake Sills each worked a scoreless inning in relief.

Shaun Gough (1-1) was dominant for the Lions picking up the win with seven solid innings.  All three of his runs given up were unearned.  Adam Albers closed out the contest tossing two innings of one-run ball to earn his first save of the season.  Santa paced the Lions offense going 3-for-4 scoring two runs and driving in one as well.  Rawdow and Powers also had multi-hit games for CSU.