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Cougars rally to beat GSW

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COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings propelling the Cougars to a 10-6 victory over Georgia Southwestern on Friday evening in the opening game of a Peach Belt Conference series. The game took place at Ragsdale Field. 

In a 3-3 game in the top of the sixth, Georgia Southwestern (12-23, 3-15 PBC) struck for three runs knocking out CSU starter Zach Helewski. Two singles began the frame and Les Cromer followed with a deep double to rightfield chasing home a run. Kevin Manos made it a 5-3 game during the next at-bat skiing a ball into the right-centerfield gap for a sacrifice fly. 

Josh Sanders chased Helewski from the game with a RBI single up the middle. Following the single, Cameron Griffin came into the game for the Cougars limiting the damage to just three runs. 

From there, it was all CSU as the Cougars scored seven runs in the final two innings. In the seventh, three consecutive singles loaded the bases for Cameron Scott with no-outs. Scott worked a 3-2 walk against new GSW pitcher Drew Cataldo before Brett Teschner legged out a fielder's choice to make it a 6-5 ballgame. 

Jackson Oliver tied the game flaring a double down the leftfield line and Martin Castro gave the Cougars the lead with a RBI groundout. 

Columbus State (17-16, 11-7) iced the game in the eighth thanks to two Georgia Southwestern miscues. A fielding error and a hit batter put two runners on base to start the inning and Ryan Lewis moved them up with a sacrifice bunt. After a balk forced home the first run of the frame, Pullen laced a double down the rightfield line driving home Blake Edwards. Teschner capped off the scoring with his 11th double of the year scoring the speedy Pullen from second. 

Cameron Griffin (1-0) recorded his first victory of his collegiate career pitching 2.1 innings in relief allowing just one hit. Hart Mizell picked up his fifth save of the season tossing the final 1.1 innings. 

Zach Helewski started the game pitching 5.1 innings allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits. 

Offensively, J.D. Pullen extended his hitting streak to 14-games going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a RBI. Brett Teschner and Jackson Oliver both went 2-for-5 picking up two and one RBI, respectively. Cameron Scott added two more RBIs increasing his season total to 49.

For Georgia Southwestern, Josh Sanders went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. 

Drew Catalodo dropped to 1-1 allowing one run in one inning pitched. Frank Ambrosino got the start giving up six runs (five earned) over six-plus innings. 

After Georgia Southwestern took a 1-0 lead thanks to a Cougar error in the first, Jimmy Obermark tied the game up in the bottom of the second with a RBI double chasing home Oliver all the way from first. 

GSW retook the lead in the fourth scoring a run on a bases loaded double play while increasing the lead to 3-1 on a Helewski wild pitch in the fifth. 

In the bottom half of the fifth, Lewis reached first on a fielder's choice with one-out and then scored on a two-base error by rightfielder Randall Sheffield after a Pullen single got under the glove of the fielder. A batter later, the Cougars tied the game at three on a Scott single to rightfield. 

The two teams will wrap up the series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. EWT. Both games will take place at Ragsdale Field. 

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