Columbus St. sweeps No. 11 Pirates
Cougars clinch third consecutive conference series victory
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Columbus State scored twice in the 10th inning to take a game-one 6-4 victory en route to a Peach Belt Conference sweep of No. 11 Armstrong Atlantic on Saturday afternoon at Pirate Field. The Cougars also won game two, by a score of 7-5.
The Pirates (25-10, 9-5 PBC) saw their season-high losing streak reach four with the loss, while Columbus State (25-13, 10-7 PBC) has now won three consecutive Peach Belt series with the doubleheader sweep.
Columbus State took a 4-1 lead in game one on a Logan Dollar first-inning home run and three runs in the third inning, one on a passed ball and two on a RBI double by Scoop Pharr.
The Pirates rallied with single runs in each of the fourth, fifth and six innings to tie the game at 4-all. Clayton Miller's RBI single in the fourth brought the Pirates to within two, then a sacrifice fly by Drew Walker in the fifth inning and a suicide squeeze by Chris Zittrouer in the sixth tied things up.
The score stayed tied until the 10th inning, when the Cougars scored twice against Armstrong reliever Travis Morris (2-1) on a bases-loaded walk and an RBI groundout.
Thomas Campbell (6-2) picked up the win for the Cougars, going nine innings and giving up 10 hits and four runs, walking two and striking out three. Brian Satterfield pitched a scoreless 10th, giving up one hit and striking out one to notch the save.
Morris gave up one hit and two runs in one third of an inning, walking three to take the loss in game one.
Columbus State took a 1-0 lead in game two on a sacrifice fly, then the two teams traded three-run third innings. The Cougars scored three runs on a two-run double by Bruce Alter and an RBI single by Brian Walters, while the Pirates answered with a balk and a two-RBI single by John Roberts.
The Cougars added a single run in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Alter, then two more runs in the sixth on a two-run double by Tyler Googe.
Armstrong got to within two with a pair of runs in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Roberts and a suicide squeeze by Clayton Miller, but Columbus State closer Satterfield came in and hurled 2 1/3 innings of hitless shutout relief to record his second save of the doubleheader.
Satterfield's relief saved it for Tyler Carpenter (5-3), who went six innings and gave up eight hits and five runs - two earned - while walking four and striking out three.
Armstrong starter Chandler Hall (6-3) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up eight hits and five runs, walking two and striking out three in four innings.
Roberts led the Pirates on the day with four hits and three RBIs, while Columbus State was led by Logan Dollar's 4-for-4 game in game one and Ryan Lewis' three hits and Noah Watkins' three hits in game two.