Columbus State Baseball Swings Past Delta State 11-3

From: Columbus State University Athletics News

COLUMBUS – The Columbus State baseball team pounded out 15 hits on their way to an 11-3 non-conference win over Delta State in game one of a scheduled Saturday afternoon at Ragsdale Field.  CSU improves to 8-4 on the year while the Statesmen fall to 4-5.

DSU was threatening in the top half of the first inning when Thomas Campbell uncharacteristically had control issues.  The senior issued two walks and hit a batter but was able to work out of the jam unscathed. 

The Cougars got things rolling in the bottom half of the inning which started with Ryan Lewis reaching on a one-out infield single.  Cameron Scott then smacked a double down the rightfield line plating Lewis all the way from first base. 

Delta State again loaded the bases, this time they were able to capitalize with a two-run single to take a 2-1 lead through one and a half innings.

The lead was short lived as Columbus State scored the game's next eight runs to take control of the contest.  CSU loaded the bases in the bottom of the second inning before Eric Weiss, who is making his first appearance since a hamstring injury opening weekend, ripped a single to left-centerfield bringing home Scoop Pharr and Logan Dollar.

Three extra base hits in the bottom of the third inning brought home a pair of runs for the Cougars giving them 5-2 lead after three full innings.  Scott tripled down the leftfield line and scored on a Mitch Rider double.  Dollar would drive in Rider pulling a double down the leftfield line.

Columbus State blew the game open in the fourth inning taking advantage of some Delta State control issues.  The first three hitters of the inning reached via a walk or hit by pitch before Rider singled home Navarro Hall.  Bruce Alter followed up his classmate with a single in the left-centerfield gap knocking in two more runs.  After a flyout, Skinner had an RBI single to rightfield to make it a 9-2 ballgame.

DSU finally was able to answer back in the top of the sixth inning when Will McGinnis blasted his first homerun of the season over the right-centerfield wall cutting the deficit to 9-3.

CSU capped off the scoring in the eighth inning which began with a one-out double by Rider down the leftfield line.  Alter nearly hit a homerun to dead centerfield but the third baseman had to settle for a triple the brought in Rider.  Dollar hit a sacrifice fly to bring across the final run of the game.

Rider had a four-hit performance going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs.  Weiss, Scott, Alter and Dollar also picked up two hits on the afternoon for the Cougars.  Alter and Lewis both upped their hitting streaks to 10 games.

Campbell worked six solid innings allowing three runs on six hits and three walks.  He also struck out three while improving to 3-1 on the season.  Tyler Carpenter was nearly perfect in relief giving up just one hit in three innings on the mound to pick up his first collegiate save.

Kellen Bozeman had the only multi-hit game for Delta State as the first baseman went 2-for-3 at the dish.  Brandon Hardin suffered the loss surrendering nine runs on nine hits and three walks.  He tossed 3.1 innings while dropping to 2-3 on the year.