Columbus State drops first game in College World Series, face elimination tomorrow

Columbus State drops first game in College World Series, face elimination tomorrow
(Source: Columbus State University)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus State University's run in the College World Series is no longer undefeated.

Thursday afternoon, the Cougars d ropped their first game of the tournament in a 3-2 loss to the number one seed Florida Southern.  

Hitting wasn't a problem, but timely hitting was. CSU managed eight hits on the day but struggled at times to put runs across the plate.

Pitcher T.J. Clark put together eight innings, only gave up three runs, two of which came on a sac fly and a passed ball.  

Florida Southern jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first when Omar Villaman singled to left field, driving in Jacob Teter. It was the only run that came off a hit for the Moccasins.

Columbus State got that run back in the fourth when Frank Wager's single drove in Mason McClellan. That tie didn't hold for long, as Florida Southern's two runs in the bottom of the frame off a passed ball and a sacrifice fly put them up 3-1.

One half-inning later, CSU put their second run on the board when McClellan's single drove in Drew Webb, but that's as close as the Cougars would get.

This loss doesn't end their season, but they now must win every game the rest of the way to secure a National Championship. CSU and Florida Southern meet in a second game tomorrow. Scheduled start time is 3p/2c.

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