Savannah - Columbus State finished off a doubleheader sweep over No. 11 Armstrong Atlantic Saturday afternoon by winning the second game 7-5 in a Peach Belt Conference ballgame at Pirate Field.
The Cougars improve to 25-13 on the year and 10-7 in conference putting them in first place in the West Division. AASU stands at 25-10 and 9-5 in PBC play.
It was CSU that jumped out in front early this game scoring a run in the first and three more in the top of the third to take an early 4-0 lead. Ryan Lewis started the contest off with a single to leftfield and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eric Weiss. Cameron Scott then singled putting runners on the corners. After Logan Dollar was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Tyler Googe hit a sacrifice fly to push across the first run.
In the third inning, Weiss led it off with a bunt single. Following another sacrifice bunt by CSU, Dollar was hit again placing runners on first and second. Bruce Alter then delivered a two-out double bringing in both runners. Noah Watkins tacked on another run in the frame scoring Alter with a single through the left side.
Armstrong Atlantic State countered with their on three-run inning of their own in the bottom half of the inning cutting the deficit back to one after a throwing error extended the inning. After Tyler Carpenter struck out Michael Price for the would-be third out of the inning, Price was able to reach when Watkins made an errant throw to first base loading the bases full of Pirates. AASU scored their first run on a balk before getting a two-run single off the bat of John Roberts.
After a scoreless fourth inning for both sides, Alter connected on his eighth homerun of the season making it a 5-3 contest. An inning later Googe ripped a two-run double info leftfield scoring Lewis and Dollar.
Price drew a walk to start the bottom half of the seventh inning before Roberts double to right-centerfield bringing Price all the way in from first base. It cut the deficit to 7-4 and also forced out CSU starter Tyler Carpenter from the ball game. AASU scored later in the inning on their second suicide squeeze of the day as they executed the play in the first game of the doubleheader as well.
Levi Futo and Brian Satterfield combined to pitch the final three innings for the Cougars and secure their fifth victory over a nationally ranked opponent of the season. Satterfield was perfect in relief tossing 2.1 innings while striking out one to pick up his fifth save of the year. Carpenter tossed six innings allowing five runs (two earned) on eight hits and also struck out three as he improved to 5-3.
Columbus State used a balance offense to pound out 12 hits including having four multi-hit performances. Ryan Lewis and Noah Watkins both went 3-for-5 at the plate to pace the team.
Chandler Hall suffered the loss falling to 6-3 on the year allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks over four innings of action. Trent Landa threw the final five innings surrendering two runs on four hits while striking out two. John Roberts was the lone Pirate to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 and also drove in 3 of AASU's four runs.