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Columbus State knocks off No. 6 West Florida

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COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University scored three runs in the first and got an excellent relief effort from Matthew Kuhlenberg to defeat sixth-ranked West Florida 5-3 on Wednesday afternoon. The game took place at Ragsdale Field in Columbus. 

In the bottom of the first, the Cougars started the game with five straight hits including run scoring base knocks by Cameron Scott and Brett Teschner. Ryan Lewis singled to get things going and J.D. Pullen beat out a bunt single in the next at-bat. Scott then sent a deep double into rightfield driving home Lewis. Teschner followed with a shot down the first base line to cap off the scoring. 

West Florida (21-5) starter Josh Tanski then settled down after allowing yet another base hit getting a strikeout and two groundball outs to escape further damage. 

The Argos managed to get a hit in both the second and third innings but the Cougars turned a double play in both frames to help Sean Muller keep UWF off the board. 

However, the visitors put up a run in the fourth thanks to a two-out rally. After Muller got the first two outs of the side, Cliff Covington singled through the right side of the infield despite a great effort by Aaron Jividen. Jeremy Bajdaun followed lacing a ball off the left-centerfield wall to make it a 2-1 game. 

Columbus State (12-13) came right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Martin Castro drew a walk and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jividen. Needing a big hit, Lewis delivered hitting a line drive over the second baseman's head that chased home Castro. 

West Florida knocked out Muller in the fifth as Chase Kiefer singled to lead off the frame. The next batter Kyle Hamner chopped a ball back to Muller on the mound where the righty decided to go to second to get the lead runner. However, his throw was low allowing everyone to be safe. After a sacrifice bunt, Dustin Saulmon sent one right back up the middle bringing the score to 4-3. 

Kuhlenberg (1-1) then entered the game picking off Saulmon for the second out of the inning. After a walk, a chopper in front of the plate ended the fifth for the Cougars. 

The freshman lefty shut down the Argos from there allowing just one runner to reach second base in his 3.2 innings of hitless work. He did, however, issue three walks while striking out four on his way to picking up his first collegiate victory. 

The Cougars added an insurance run in the eighth as Jimmy Obermark reached base on his third base hit of the game. With two-outs, he stole second allowing him to score on a Castro double just past the third base bag pushing the score to 5-3. 

Hart Mizell closed it out for the Cougars picking up his third save of the season. 

J.D. Pullen had a perfect day at the plate going 4-for-4 while Jimmy Obermark was 3-for-4. Ryan Lewis finished the game 2-for-4 with a RBI and Brett Teschner extended his hitting streak to 11-games going 1-for-4 driving in a pair. 

Josh Tanski (2-1) was struck with the loss for West Florida lasting four innings allowing four runs on seven hits. Dayan Rodriguez pitched well in relief allowing just one run over 3.2 innings. 

Jeremy Bajdaun and Chase Kiefer ended the night 2-for-4 for West Florida. 

Columbus State will go back on the road for yet another key Peach Belt Conference series taking on Francis Marion on Saturday and Sunday. A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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