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Cougars win series opener over GA College with walkoff HR

Matt Nettles hit a walkoff homer down the right field line with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to lift 10th-ranked Columbus State to a 14-13 victory over Georgia College on Friday at Burger King Stadium at Ragsdale Field. Matt Nettles hit a walkoff homer down the right field line with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to lift 10th-ranked Columbus State to a 14-13 victory over Georgia College on Friday at Burger King Stadium at Ragsdale Field.
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Matt Nettles hit a walkoff homer down the right field line with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to lift 10th-ranked Columbus State to a 14-13 victory over Georgia College on Friday at Burger King Stadium at Ragsdale Field.

The Cougars hit six homers in the game, with four coming in the eighth inning or later.

"This was another team victory,” said head coach Greg Appleton. “We got off to a great start, but I was proud of how we fought back down six late in the game.”

Columbus State (18-4, 6-1 PBC) got off to a fast start scoring five runs in the bottom of the first. Christian Miller had a two-run double that bounced off the left center field wall before Justin Evans hit a three-run shot.

However, Georgia College (11-8, 6-4) came right back in the second answering with five runs of its own. The Bobcats pounded out six hits in the inning off of Cougar starter Caleb Kutsche. Dylan Cook had a two-run double in the frame while Matthew Miller drove home a pair with a single through the right side of the infield.

Both teams got a run in the fourth. Hunter Bowling scored CSU’s run as the senior hit his first collegiate homer to tie the game at six.

From there, GC would take complete control of the game. The Bobcats scored a single run in the fifth and sixth before exploding for four in the seventh to go up 12-6. Brandon Cody and Cook hit solo shots in the fifth and sixth, respectively. Cook was at it again in the seventh driving home two on a single up the middle while Miller followed him with a two-run blast.

Like they have done all year, the Cougars fought back. In the bottom of the seventh, Jackson Oliver led the inning off with a single to right-center before scoring all the way from first on a Mike McClellan double that rattled around in the right field corner. Ryan Ihle got in on the action, plating McClellan with a RBI single before Lake Hart drove home the third run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

It was the long ball that tied the game for the Cougars in the eighth. After another Oliver single, McClellan went deep to left field for his fourth homer of the year. Daniel immediately followed and tied the game with one swing of the bat as he launched a towering home run to right-center.

Georgia College didn’t go down quietly, however, as Cook got things started in the top of the ninth with a one-out double down the left field line. Cooke would then steal third before coming home on a wild pitch.

Needing one run to force extras, CSU once again delivered. With one down, Hart hit a laser over the right center field wall to tie the game at 13. CSU was able to get the potential winning run to second, but wasn’t able to push Tyler Fichter across.

After freshman Jarrod Little pitched a perfect top of the 10th, which included back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning, Nettles hit his team leading sixth home run to give CSU its sixth straight win.

Oliver (3-for-6) and McClellan (3-for-6) each had three hits for the Cougars while Bowling (2-for-3) picked up two. Eight Cougars drove in at least one run with McClellan and Hart leading the way with three RBIs apiece.

Georgia College had 24 hits in the game with Cook going 5-for-6 with four RBIs. Miller was 3-for-6 with four runs driven in as well.

Kutsche had his shortest outing of his season on Friday. The junior tossed 4.1 innings allowing seven runs.

GC starter Bradley Spinner didn’t make it out of the first allowing five runs (two earned) in 0.2 innings. Jonathan McKinney pitched well in relief allowing just one hit in four innings of work.

The two teams will be back at it Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at Burger King Stadium at Ragsdale Field.

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