FROM: COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS NEWS
AUGUSTA – No. 19 Columbus State scored six runs in the final three innings to comeback and salvage the series finale taking down Augusta State 9-6 Sunday afternoon at Lake Olmstead Stadium. CSU improves to 12-6 on the year and 1-2 in conference action while the Jaguars drop to 9-11 this season and 3-3 in PBC play.
The Cougars got on the board in the first inning which started with a Ryan Lewis double to leftfield. After moving up to third on a groundout, Lewis would score on a Logan Dollar sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
The score would stay that way until the fourth inning when Augusta state would push across a pair of runs. Menelik Vereen began the inning with a walk and scored on a Andy Onufrak triple to the right-centerfield gap. Following a foul out, Casey Hanrahan singled to centerfield plating the second run of the inning and giving the hosts a 2-1 lead.
CSU responded in the top of the fifth inning as they scored in the first of five straight innings as they rallied back. The inning began with a Cameron Griffin double to right-centerfield. Aaron Jividen laid down a sacrifice bunt, but an error by the pitcher allowed Jividen to reach and also brought home Griffin knotting the game at 2-2.
It was a short lived score as ASU received a RBI single by Curtis Parker and Hanrahan smacked a tripled driving in two runs to give Augusta State a 5-2 advantage after five innings.
Each team managed to score a run in the sixth inning to keep the ballgame a three run game, 6-3. Bruce Alter doubled in Dollar in the top half of the inning for Columbus State while Vereen hit a sacrifice fly for the Jaguars.
Jividen and Lewis began the seventh inning with back-to-back one-out singles putting runners on first and second. A fielder's choice erased Jividen at third base, but Dollar laced a single to centerfield bringing home Lewis making it a 6-4 game.
In the eighth frame, Columbus State was able to take advantage of an Augusta State pitching staff who struggled to find the strike zone. After a strikeout to start inning, three consecutive walks loaded the bases for Jividen who registered a RBI groundout. Lewis then gave the Cougars their first lead since the first inning when he ripped a double to right-centerfield bringing in Pharr and Griffin.
Alter had a RBI single and scored on a wild pitch to give CSU a pair of insurance runs heading to the bottom of the ninth inning.
Blake Sills closed out the ballgame for CSU picking up his third save of the season.
Offensively, Lewis and Alter both went 3-for-5 at the plate to pace the Cougars who collected 14 hits on the afternoon. Dollar, Griffin and Rider all had multi-hit games for CSU also. Levi Futo started the game as he allowed a season high five runs in just 4.2 innings. Tyler Carpenter (1-2) earned his first win of the season tossing 2.1 innings of one-run ball.
Josh Barks fell to 0-2 on the mound for the Jaguars surrendering three runs in an inning of work. Stephen Ramsey was in line for the win for ASU throwing 5.1 allowing three runs on seven hits. Augusta State had 10 hits in the game including four multi-hit performances.
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