COLUMBUS, Ga. – No. 23 Columbus State left 11 runners on base as Albany State pushed across a run in the ninth inning to complete their 5-4 upset victory over CSU on Wednesday night at Ragsdale Field.
It was the Golden Rams first victory over CSU since February 18, 2004. ASU defeated the Cougars 9-4 that day in Albany.
In the ninth, Stephen Lightfoot singled up the middle to lead off the frame and advanced to second on an errant pick off attempt by Cougar pitcher Chase Gilreath. After a strikeout, Eddie Mathis had a clutch two-out single just under a diving Logan Dollar's glove into rightfield scoring Lightfoot for the game-winning run.
Albany State (12-18) tied the game at five-all in the seventh inning as Mathis tripled with one-out to right-centerfield. Jacob Campbell followed that with a sacrifice fly to score Mathis.
The Cougars (23-13) got on the board first as J.D. Pullen used his speed to help manufacture a run in the bottom of the first. After being walked, Pullen stole second and scored on a Cameron Scott single up the middle.
ASU scored a single run in the second as Allen Hardy stole second base and then scored as the throw got away from third baseman Scott.
Three straight Albany State singles gave the visitors a short-lived 2-1 lead after three and a half. William Smalls and Ricky Harris led the inning off with base knocks before Hardy singled home Smalls.
CSU responded by scoring two runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Logan Dollar laced a one-out double down the leftfield line. After a groundout, the senior scored on a wild pitch. After a Kenny Miller bunt single and a Pullen walk, Navarro Hall singled through the right side of the infield chasing home Miller.
Jacob Campbell tied the game with one swing of the bat for Albany State in the fifth as he homered over the right-centerfield wall.
Scott drove in the final Cougar run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly.
Chase Gilreath (2-4) took the loss allowing two runs (one earned) in three innings. He struck out three batters while allowing three hits.
J.D. Pullen was 2-for-3 for the Cougars while Cameron Scott drove in two runs. Kenny Miller had a multi-hit day going a perfect 2-for-2.
CSU was 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Five different Albany State players had two hits with Jacob Campbell leading the way going 2-for-4 with two RBI.