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6th inning dooms Cougars in loss to Valdosta State

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COLUMBUS, Ga. – Valdosta State scored seven runs in the top of the sixth to blow open a 1-1 game as the Blazers went on to defeat Columbus State 8-1 in a midweek contest played at Ragsdale Field. 

The Cougars struck first in the fourth scoring their lone run of the game. Brett Teschner led off the inning with a sharp single through the left side of the infield before being retired on a fielder's choice. With Jackson Oliver on first, a wild pitch and then a throwing error allowed the freshman to reach third. 

On a 2-2 pitch to Martin Castro, the lefthander laced a single to left-centerfield giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Jimmy Obermark followed with a double but CSU failed to add on. 

Valdosta State (27-14) came right back scoring a run in the fifth thanks to a Cougar miscue. With runners on the corners and two outs, Zach Helewski tried to pick off the runner at first but his throw went errant allowing Hunter Thompson to cross the plate from third. 

The Blazers proceed to blow the game open in the sixth putting up a seven spot. The first two runners of the inning reached base via a single and a walk before a sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position.   

Pinch hitter Jamie McMilian would give VSU the lead for good during the next at-bat with a bloop single to leftfield and Thompson followed with a RBI groundout to make it a 3-1 ballgame. 

Four out of the next five batters would follow with a RBI base hit including a two-run single by Bryant Hayman that capped off the game's scoring. 

The Cougars (25-19) threatened in the bottom half of the sixth as Oliver reached base on a bunt single and Dustin Averett singled with one-out. However, Dom Demasi got a fly out and a strikeout to end the side. 

Ryan Lewis hit a one-out double in the seventh but again the Cougars stranded him on second. 

Dom Demasi (2-1) recorded the victory pitching six strong innings. He allowed just one run on six hits while punching out nine. Three Blazer relievers combined to pitch the final three innings allowing just one hit. 

For Columbus State, Zach Helewski (1-6) was hit with the loss pitching just one full inning. He allowed three runs (two earned). Matthew Kuhlenberg started for CSU pitching four shutout innings. 

At the plate, Jackson Oliver went 2-for-4 for the Cougars scoring a run while Martin Castro went 1-for-4 with a RBI. 

Valdosta State was led by Bryant Hayman who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Jake Fields also had a 2-for-5 performance. 

Columbus State will now turn its attention to North Georgia for a three-game Peach Belt Conference series. The series will begin on Friday with a single game beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET at Ragsdale Field.

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