No. 28 Columbus State Baseball Comes up Short Against No. 5 Georgia College

From: Columbus State University Athletics News

Milledgeville - No. 28 Columbus State University's rally came up just short as No. 5 Georgia College put a six spot on the board in the bottom of the second inning as CSU dropped  the rubber game in a crucial Peach Belt Conference series 8-7 Saturday afternoon at John Kurtz Field. With the loss, CSU now stands at 18-9 on the season and 4-5 in PBC play while GC improves to 20-6 and 6-3 in conference action.

Columbus State got on the board first as they scored a run in the opening frame. With two outs, Ryan Lewis reached first base on an infield single to the shortstop. Logan Dollar worked a walk putting Lewis in scoring position for Bruce Alter. Alter laced a single into leftfield that scored Lewis. On the play, Dollar tried to score from first base but was gunned down at home on the relay throw to end the inning.

CSU increased their lead to 3-0 in the top of the second inning after the Cougars started their second two-out rally in as many innings.  After two straight singles, Navarro Hall recorded the third straight hit for the Cougars as he drove a single into centerfield that chased Garrett Houghton in from second. Cameron Scott followed that up with a double that allowed Noah Watkins to score.

Georgia College would waste no time striking back as the first six Bobcats would reach base off Cougar starter Levi Futo in the bottom of the second. The inning was highlighted by a double off the bat of Jim Moreland that drove in two runs and a two-run single by Matthew Robinson that chased Futo from the game. Brian Satterfield came in to try and minimize the damage but his defense would not help him in that effort. Satterfield got the first batter he faced to groundout and Watkins would cut down a would-be-base stealer for the second out of the inning. With a runner on third, Satterfield would educed a ground ball but a fielding error on the Cougar shortstop allowed Robinson to score for the sixth run of the inning.

The Bobcats would add two more runs in the fifth inning making the scored 8-3 in favor of the hosts. Benton Yaun would lead the inning off with a single into centerfield and move to second after Travis Echols walked. Moreland struck again this time driving a single into rightfield picking up another RBI. GC would get their final run off a sacrifice fly by Patrick Daugherty.

Columbus State would not go down quiet as they scored four runs in the top of the seventh off of one-swing of the bat. Watkins would get the inning started with a single into left-centerfield. Scott would follow with a single of his own and Dollar would be hit by a pitch loading the bases. The Bobcats would change pitchers bringing Ryan Parson from the bullpen. Bruce Alter would not be kind to the newcomer as he cranked a 1-0 pitch deep into left-centerfield for a grand slam making the game a one-run contest.

The Cougars would not get another base runner until the top of the ninth with two-outs. Lewis was hit by a pitch and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. However, the Bobcats closer, Tanner Moore, would get Logan Dollar to fly out to end the game.

Bruce Alter had a monster game for the Cougars as he went 2-for-4 driving in five of the seven runs that the team scored. Noah Watkins had his best day at the plate this season going 3-for-4 and scored two runs. Hall, Lewis and Scott all chipped in with two hits. Blake Sills was a bright spot on the mound for Columbus State as he pitched three scoreless innings allowing only one hit. Levi Futo (2-3) was hit with the loss as the starter only pitched one inning.

Mike Guinane recorded the victory for Georgia College pitching 6.1 innings allowing six earned runs. Jim Moreland went 3-for-4 driving in three runs and Matthew Robinson knocked in two runs for the Bobcats.