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Ryan Lewis sparks Columbus State offense in 10-4 win over Auburn-Montgomery

From: Columbus State University Athletics News

COLUMBUS – The Columbus State baseball team broke open a tight contest scoring six runs in the top of the ninth inning as they went on to defeat Auburn-Montgomery 10-3 in a non-conference matchup Tuesday afternoon at the AUM Baseball complex.

Auburn-Montgomery got on the board first posting one run after CSU minimized the potential damage.  Jorden Johnson had a leadoff single through the left side.  After a failed sacrifice bunt attempt, Johnson got picked off for the second out of the inning.  AUM then got three consecutive singles plating one to go up 1-0.

The Senators threatened again in the third inning but this time came away empty.  Back-to-back singles put runners on first and second before a sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position.  CSU starter Brodie Leibrandt buckled down getting the next two hitters to groundout to retire the side.

CSU finally broke through in the sixth inning which began with Navarro Hall reaching on a fielding error by the AUM pitcher.  Ryan Lewis then ripped a double in the right-centerfield gap putting runners on second and third.  A single by Cameron Scott plated Hall tying the game at 1-1 with runners on the corners.  Mitch Rider knocked in the second run of the inning on a RBI groundout.  The Cougars added another run in the eighth inning off a sacrifice fly by Scott.

Columbus State put the game away in the ninth inning erupting for six runs on five hits and an error by the Senators.  Bruce Alter, who previously played for AUM, led off the inning with a walk and scored on Logan Dollar's second homerun of the season.  After a flyout, Cameron Griffin reached on a three-base error by the AUM rightfielder.  Scoop Pharr knocked in Griffin with a RBI single up the middle.  Hall followed that up with a walk putting runners on first and second before Lewis hit his first homerun of the season to close out the scoring for the Cougars. 

Auburn-Montgomery scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning via a Branden Kelley two-run homerun.

Lewis went a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish driving in three runs and scoring a pair as well.  Alter and Scott also had multi-hit afternoons for CSU.  Hall scored three runs while going 1-for-3 at the plate and drawing a walk.  Leibrandt picked up his first career win working five innings while allowing just one run on eight hits.  The bullpen was solid as usual surrendering just two runs over the final four innings.

The Senators had four different players' pick-up two hits in the game led by Sam Judah's 2-for-3 performance.  Wes Cook suffered the loss dropping his record to 0-2 on the season working one inning.  He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits.  Seven different pitchers threw for AUM in the ballgame.

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