COLUMBUS – Logan Dollar hit two homeruns and the Columbus State offense pounded out 10 hits on their way to a 6-2 non-conference victory over West Georgia Wednesday afternoon at Ragsdale Field. CSU improves to 11-4 on the season while the Wolves drop to 7-8 on the year.
UWG got on the scoreboard first due to a failed pickoff attempt by the Cougars in the third inning. Brodie Leibrandt used an inside pickoff move and caught Stuart Drew to far off second base. Leibrandt misfired on his throw to third baseman Bruce Alter as the throw sailed into the CSU bullpen allowing Drew to score on the play.
Columbus State answered right back in the bottom half of the inning which started with a Scoop Pharr double to left-centerfield. He then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Aaron Jividen. Eric Weiss drew a walk and advanced on a groundout to the West Georgia third baseman. Cameron Scott then delivered a big two-out hit to leftfield plating Pharr and Weiss for a 2-1 CSU lead after three full innings.
The Cougars tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning which again started with a Pharr double, this time hitting the leftfield wall down the line. The second baseman advanced to third on a wild pitch before coming across on a Weiss single to rightfield. Ryan Lewis drew a one-out walk putting runners on first and second. The two base runners then successfully executed a double-steal. After a walk to Scott loaded the bases, Mitch Rider hit a sacrifice fly driving in Weiss. Unfortunately, CSU was unable to tack on any other runs but the three run lead is all they would need.
West Georgia cut the lead in half on David Buchanan RBI single to centerfield bringing across Andy Marinelli making it a 4-2 contest.
Dollar led off the bottom of the sixth inning with blast to left-centerfield for the first of his two homeruns in the ballgame. The first baseman add his Peach Belt Conference leading sixth long ball two innings later to close out the scoring in the contest.
Three Cougars picked up multi-hit games led by Pharr's three-hit attack while the senior also scored twice. Dollar (2-for-4) and Scott (2-for-2) were the other CSU players with more than one hit in the contest.
Leibrandt improved to 3-0 on the season working six solid innings allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks. Chase Gilreath tossed two shutout innings issuing just one hit while Tyler Carpenter threw a perfect ninth inning.
Drew and Marinelli combined to pick up six of the seven West Georgia hits as each had three hits apiece. Justin Key suffered the loss working just 2.2 innings allowing two runs on three hits and walk. UWG used six total pitchers in the contest with no one throwing more than an inning and two-thirds besides Key.