Augusta – No. 24 Columbus State scored three runs in three different innings while Will Casey allowed just one run as CSU defeated Augusta State 9-1 in the rubber match of a three-game Peach Belt Conference series. The game took place at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta.
After allowing 10 earned runs in his last eight innings pitched, Casey (3-2) kept the Augusta State hitters guessing striking out nine batters in 7.2 innings of work. He allowed one unearned run on eight hits.
Columbus State (20-11, 8-7 PBC) scored all the runs they would need in the second inning. Eric Weiss lead the frame off with a single and moved station-to-station on a groundout and a flyout. After a walk, Kenny Miller reached base on a key error allowing Weiss to score and the inning to be extended. Yet another walked loaded the bases and Navarro Hall had a two-out two-run single to give CSU a 3-0 lead.
The Jaguars loaded the bases in the third with one out before a strikeout and a grounder back to the pitcher end the threat.
Two errors in the seventh inning by Augusta State helped the Cougars push across three more runs. Miller, who reached on a bunt single, scored after ASU pitcher Kyle Golden threw the ball away on a Hall sacrifice bunt attempt.
Cameron Scott added a RBI on a sacrifice fly and Brett Teschner drove in a run with a single.
Augusta State (9-24, 2-16) scored their lone one in the eighth as Caleb Saggus reached on a two-base error by Hall to lead off the inning. Clay Tucker, the next batter, roped a double to right-centerfield to score Saggus.
The Cougars added three insurance runs in the ninth. J.D. Pullen created a run reaching on a bunt single and proceeded to steal second. Scott drove him in with a single through the right side of the infield. After Weiss singled with two-outs, Kevan Dorsey doubled down the rightfield line to plate two runs.
Kevan Dorsey, Navarro Hall and Cameron Scott all had two RBIs for Columbus State. Eric Weiss had the lone multi-hit performance for the Cougars.
Chase Gilreath pitched the final 1.1 innings for CSU allowing just one hit.
Dylan Wall (0-4) was hit with the loss tossing six innings. All five runs he allowed were unearned as the Cougars managed just four hits against the righty.