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Streaking Cougars win again, defeat Montevallo

GREENWOOD, S.C. – Second-seeded Columbus State continued its run in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament banging out 17 hits while scoring 15 runs to defeat eighth-seeded Montevallo 15-2 in yet another elimination game for the Cougars. The tournament is being held at Dolny Stadium in Greenwood, South Carolina. 

With CSU's victory, the Cougars force deciding game against Montevallo Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET. The Falcons were 2-0 in the tournament prior to Friday night's loss. 

Columbus State (30-21) never trailed in the contest, scoring three runs in the top of the second. Brett Teschner started things off with a single and after a groundout, Dustin Averett followed with a single of his own. After a wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position, Jimmy Obermark sent a deep double over the rightfielder's head to make it 2-0. 

Freshman Blake Edwards followed with a sharp single scoring Obermark. 

The Cougars added a single run in the third loading the bases with back-to-back singles and a walk after two outs were made. Martin Castro then showed his patience drawing a walk on a full count forcing home the fourth run of the game. 

After Montevallo scored a run in the bottom of the third to make it a 4-1 game, both pitchers settled in until the sixth. 

In the top of the sixth, the Cougars again started a two-out rally as Ryan Lewis laid down a bunt single. After a J.D. Pullen single advancing Lewis to third, Cameron Scott notched a single of his own to make it 5-1. Pullen later scored on a wild pitch to increase CSU's lead to 6-1.

Montevallo (33-19) made things interesting in the bottom of the inning loading the bases with no outs. With the bases loaded, Andrew Hill hit a soft liner to second base where Obermark laid out to grab the out. He then turned and fired it to second for the double play. The following batter, Michael Simmons, single to left-centerfield scoring just one run. 

In the bottom of the seventh, the Falcons had one rally left in them as UM loaded the bases again against Sean Muller. Reliever Cameron Griffin would enter the game and proceeded to induce a double play ball to stifle the rally. 

The Cougars would then score nine runs over the final two innings to break the game open. 

To begin the eighth, three straight errors loaded the bases for Scott, the national leader in RBIs. The senior would again deliver chasing home two runs with a single into leftfield. 

After a pitching change and a groundout for the first out of the inning, the Falcons intentionally walked Jackson Oliver to set up the double play opportunity. Pinch-hitter Seth Corbitt would hit the groundball that UM wanted but he beat out the throw pushing the score to 9-2. Castro capped the inning's scoring off with a two-run double. 

Columbus State added four more in the ninth thanks to RBI base hits by Lewis and Scott and a two-run double by Corbitt. 

The Cougars had a balanced offensive attack with every batter recording a hit. Ryan Lewis and Cameron Scott both went 3-for-6 while Brett Teschner was 3-for-5. Scott drove in four runs pushing his season RBI total to 79, the fourth most in a single-season by a Cougar. Seth Corbitt and Martin Castro both added three RBIs as well. 

Chase Bryant went 3-for-4 for Montevallo with a run scored while Vinny Rodriguez was 2-for-5. 

Making just his fourth start of the season, freshman Sean Muller (1-2) picked up his first collegiate victory. Over 6.1 innings, he allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out four. Cameron Griffin and Hart Mizell combined to shutout the Falcons over the final 2.2 innings allowing just one hit. 

For Montevallo, Alex Guilford (7-4) was hit with the loss going seven inning allowing 10 runs (five earned) on 12 hits. 

Saturday's game will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET at Dolny Stadium with the winner advancing to Sunday's championship game.

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