TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 16 Columbus State University scored four runs in the sixth inning to erase a three-run deficit en route to a 7-5 come-from-behind win over Stillman College on Wednesday afternoon at Stillman Park.
Columbus State (17-7) trailed 5-2 entering the sixth inning and scored four runs on four hits to take a 6-5 lead.
Stillman, who made five errors in the game, made one critical error in the sixth and missed a chance at turning a pair of double plays that would have kept the Cougars off the scoreboard.
Scoop Pharr drove in one run when he reached on a botched double play. Aaron Jividen followed with a run-scoring single and Eric Weiss gave the Cougars their first lead with a two-run double.
CSU starter Brodie Leibrandt was the benefactor of the four-run sixth inning and picked up the win. Leibrandt (5-0) worked five innings and allowed five runs on 12 hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. He allowed only two base runners after a five-run first inning.
Austin Leary (2-3) was the tough-luck loser for Stillman. He allowed six runs on nine hits in seven innings with five walks and two strikeouts.
Columbus State added an insurance run in the eighth inning when Cameron Griffin drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a throwing error by pitcher Tyler Vails on a pickoff attempt at first base. Ryan Lewis then laid down a two-out bunt to score Griffin.
Stillman (9-13) scored five runs on seven hits in the first inning to take a 5-2 lead. Mike Jackson scored on an error and Patrick Chamberlain and Casey Hall followed with two-out singles to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.
Josiah Yance capped the inning with a two-run single as the Tigers sent 10 men to the plate.
Columbus State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as three straight two out walks led to Mitch Rider's two-run single.
Stillman missed out on two chances to expand its lead in the third and fifth innings. Beal stroked a leadoff single in the fifth inning and was standing at third base with one out, but did not score. In the sixth, Stillman loaded the bases with no outs, but again failed to score.
Chamberlain had two hits and one RBI to extend his hitting streak to 10 games for the Tigers. Dion Bryant went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.