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CSU loses PBC Tournament opener

GREENWOOD, S.C. – Leading 5-4 in the top of the eighth, second-seeded Columbus State allowed four runs over the final two innings as seventh-seeded Georgia College rallied to defeat the Cougars 8-5 in the opening game of the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Tournament. The tournament is being held at Dolny Stadium in Greenwood, South Carolina. 

It is just the second loss for CSU this season when leading after seven innings. 

CSU starter Brodie Leibrandt began the eighth inning in control getting the first batter of the frame to groundout. However, a walk, a single and another walk loaded the bases for Georgia College and ended the lefty's day. 

Cougar closer Hart Mizell entered the game and preceded to strikeout the first batter he faced for the second out of the inning. With two outs, leadoff hitter Jake Sandlin came to the plate in the pressure filled situation and delivered for the Bobcats sending a 2-2 pitch up the middle platting two runs to give GC a 6-5 advantage. 

Georgia College (30-17) added two insurance runs in the ninth on a bases loaded walk and hit batter. 

After Leibrandt pitched out of trouble in the first three innings, Columbus State opened the game's scoring with two runs in the bottom of the third. With one out, Jimmy Obermark tripled into the right-centerfield gap and scored during the next at-bat on a passed ball. After a Blake Edwards single, Ryan Lewis doubled to right-center making it 2-0. 

The Bobcats answered with four runs over the next two innings to take a 4-2 lead. In the fourth, a two-out single by Steve Hazel scored Jeremy Donaldson who walked to leadoff the frame. 

Donaldson struck again in the fifth hitting a three-run two-out homerun over the rightfield wall giving GC its first lead of the day. The rally started with a two-out single by Clay Ardeeser and a walk to Cody Maas. 

Columbus State put up a three spot in the sixth thanks to two GC throwing errors. J.D. Pullen walked on four pitches to get things going and went to second on a Cameron Scott single. After a wild pitch, Brett Teschner drove Pullen in with a RBI groundout. 

In the following at-bat, Jackson Oliver would strikeout but the pitch was low and in the dirt forcing Hazel to throw down to first to record the out. However, his throw was low skipping into the outfield allowing Scott to score. Oliver moved to second after the first baseman made a throwing error. Dustin Averett would make the Bobcats pay sending a 1-0 pitch up the middle making it a 5-4 CSU lead. 

From there, CSU's bats went silent recording just one hit over the final three innings allowing GC to come back for the victory. 

Offensively, Jimmy Obermark was the lone player for Columbus State player to have a two hit day going 2-for-4 at the plate. Ryan Lewis was 1-for-4 with a double and a RBI. 

For Georgia College, Clay Ardeeser went 3-for-3 with two runs scored while Jeremy Donaldson was 1-for-4 with a three-run homerun. Steve Hazel added a 3-for-4 performance for GC. 

Brodie Leibrandt (5-2) was hit with the loss throwing 7.1 innings allowing six runs on 11 hits while walking six. Hart Mizell allowed two runs in an inning of work. 

Matt LaMothe (7-4) pitched a complete game for Georgia College allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits. He struck out seven while walking just two. 

Columbus State will now play 3rd-seeded Armstrong Atlantic on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. ET in an elimination game.

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