PENSACOLA, Fla. – No. 10 Columbus State got a strong pitching performance from senior Levi Futo as the Cougars knocked off top-ranked West Florida 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon. The game was played at Jim Spooner Field in Pensacola.
It snaps a three-game losing streak in which CSU lost all three contests by one run due to some defensive lapses. They allowed 10 unearned runs in those three losses.
Columbus State is now 6-4 against nationally ranked teams this season.
After a quick top of the first inning, West Florida got a one-out single by Dustin Saulmon. The next batter roped a single to leftfield and when Saulmon tried to take third base, Garrett Houghton gunned him down for the second out of the inning. Another Agro hit put runners on the corners with two-outs, but Levi Futo struck out Josh Huggins for the final out of the inning.
The Cougars scored two in the second thanks to a one-out Aaron Jividen single through the left side of the infield. Brett Teschner led the frame off with a single and walks to Logan Dollar and Seth Corbitt loaded the bases for Jividen.
Futo gave up just one hit through the next three innings and allowed the Cougars to score three in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.
Cyle Rasmus led the fifth off with a single and moved to second on a Cameron Scott one-out single. The next batter Teschner roped a single into centerfield chasing Rasmus home. After Houghton was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Dollar brought home a run with a fielder's choice and Harrison Waller drove in the final run of the frame with a single through the left side of the infield.