Hurls second straight shutout, Columbus State Wins 1-0

From: CSU Athletics News

Dahlonega- Thomas Campbell threw his second consecutive shutout as No. 26 Columbus State posted a 1-0 Peach Belt Conference victory over North Georgia Friday night at Bob Stein Stadium.  The Cougars improve to 21-12 on the year and 7-6 in PBC action while NG falls to 20-12 and 6-10 in the conference.

Campbell (5-2) was masterful on the evening firing nine innings of six-hit ball allowing two hits in an inning just once.  The right-hander struck out eight batters and issued only one free pass.  It was his third shutout of the season as the senior has blanked Barton and UNC Pembroke earlier in the year.

CSU had a chance to strike early as Eric Weiss led off the game with a single to rightfield before Ryan Lewis drew a one-out walk.  A groundout advanced both runners into scoring position but North Georgia got a strikeout to end the inning.

Neither team would threaten until the fifth inning when North Georgia had a prime opportunity to take the lead.  Brad Hall began the inning with a double in the right-centerfield gap and moved up to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Dustin Carpenter.

Campbell would bear down striking out the next two batters looking leaving the runner stranded at third.

The Cougars threatened in the top half of the six when Cameron Scott drew a one-out walk and Lewis extended his hitting streak to 10-games with a single through the left side.  Unfortunately a double play to the next batter thwarted the rally attempt.

Columbus State finally cracked through in the eighth inning which started off with a Navarro Hall double to rightfield.  Eric Skinner then put down a bunt attempt to move Hall along to third base.  The North Georgia pitcher attempted to throw Hall out on the play making an errant throw which allow Hall to come across and score.  The Cougars were unable to push across another run in the inning keeping it a 1-0 ballgame.

Campbell issued a walk in the bottom half of the frame before getting out of the inning and allowed a hit in the ninth but again retired the Saints without surrendering a run.

Five different batters picked up a hit for CSU including Scott's 1-for-2 performance as he also picked up a pair of walks.  Hall went 1-for-3 and scoring the lone run.

Chad Sage led NG with two hits as four other Saints picked up a hit as well.  Blake Hobby picked up the hard luck loss working 7.1 innings allowing one unearned run on five hits and three walks while striking out nine.  Jacob Rickett was perfect in relief working the final 1.2 innings.