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Cougar Bats Come Alive, Defeat West Georgia 26-12

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COLUMBUS. Ga. – Ten different players had a multi-hit performance as Columbus State banged out 30 hits and scored 26 runs on their way to a 26-12 victory over West Georgia Wednesday evening. The game took place at Ragsdale Field.

The 30 hits was just one shy of tying the program record that the Cougars set last season in a 33-7 victory over Albany State on March 21.

CSU scored at least two runs in every inning besides the fourth including putting up a nine spot in the fifth inning.

After West Georgia (3-1) got on the board in the first inning, the Cougars struck for three in the bottom of the frame. J.D. Pullen doubled into the left-centerfield gap and after back-to-back bunt singles scored on a throwing error by the third baseman. The error also allowed Jackson Oliver to score. A Martin Castro RBI single drove in the final run of the inning.

Two run scoring groundouts in the second inning made the score 5-1 CSU after two innings of play.

West Georgia inched closer scoring a run in the top of the third before the Cougars exploded for five runs in the third. Blake Edwards had a one-out base hit to rightfield to get things started for CSU before two walks loaded the bases. After a pitching change, Ryan Lewis was hit by a pitch to force in a run before a second out was recorded by a pop-up. Next up was Cameron Scott who launched the pitch over the rightfield wall for a grand slam putting the Cougars ahead 10-2.

Two innings later, Columbus State (2-2) put things away scoring nine runs on 10 hits. Lewis and Scott both had RBI doubles early in the inning before Jimmy Obermark drove a 2-2 pitch over the left-centerfield wall for a three-run homerun to increase the lead to 15-2.

Four consecutive singles after the Obermark bomb chased in a run before a throwing error allowed the seventh run of the frame to score. Brett Teschner and Scott had the final run scoring hits with a double and a single, respectively.

The Cougars added two more in the sixth with one swing of the bat as Seth Corbitt went yard over the leftfield wall stretching the score to 21-2.

However, the Wolves showed some determination scoring 10 runs in the seventh and eighth. Shaquille Jackson had a RBI single driving in Blake McLemore home who led the inning off with a double off of Cougar reliever Sean Muller. A sacrifice fly plated across the second run of the inning before T.J. Eifert had a two-run double.

In the bottom of the seventh, pinch-hitter Kevan Dorsey singled and scored two batters later as Castro lined a ball into left-centerfield. Castro was chased home in the next at-bat as Obermark blooped a single down the left-field line

The Wolves received some luck in the top of the eight as the Cougars made three errors in the frame. After, the first two batters of the inning reached base via an error, Jackson hit a long double to the left-centerfield wall scoring two. Dylan Coleman followed with a two-run homerun. Pinch-hitter Trey Dickson drove in the final UWG run of the game with an infield single.

Columbus State added three more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth after three consecutive singles to lead off the frame including a base scoring knock by freshman Matthew Kuhlenberg. Castro drove in a run with a groundout before the final run of the contest was scored on by a wild pitch.

For the game, Columbus State had 10 extra-base hits including three home runs.

Cameron Scott had a great game finishing the night 5-for-7 with six RBIs. J.D. Pullen had a four-hit performance while Blake Edwards went 3-for-4 for the Cougars. Jimmy Obermark also continued his fast start as he collected three hits and four RBIs.

Jake Ezell (1-0) recorded the win in his first appearance in a CSU uniform. He went 5.2 innings allowing just two runs on four hits. Bronson Gagner pitched a scoreless ninth for CSU.

For West Georgia, Shaquille Jackson went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and a double. He also crossed the plate four times. Dylan Coleman had a 3-for-6 performance with a long ball and two RBIs.

Cody Skinner (0-1) was hit with the loss allowing five runs in just 1.2 innings of work.

Columbus State will now hit the road for the first time this season traveling to face Saint Leo in a weekend series. CSU and the Lions will play a doubleheader on Saturday, February 9 and a single game on February 10.

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