COLUMBUS, Ga. – Cameron Scott hit a 1-2 pitch through the left side of the infield driving in the game-winning run as No. 4 Columbus State capped off a three-game sweep against No. 17 Armstrong Atlantic, winning the third game of the series 10-8.
The Cougars entered the bottom of the eighth down 8-6 but quickly got two runners on base thanks to a pair of walks. After a sacrifice bunt by Cameron Griffin advanced both runners into scoring position, a balk by relief pitcher Travis Moore scored the first run of the inning and then a wild pitch in the next at-bat allowed the tying run to score.
Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Scott as the junior drove in his 25th and 26th RBIs of the season to give CSU the 10-8 lead.
CSU was trailing 8-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth as the Cougars started to make their comeback. Armstrong starting pitcher Scott Strickland loaded the bases on three consecutive walks before Brett Teschner drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. With all runners advancing on the fly out, Eric Weiss brought the second run of the frame home with a groundout to first base.
The Cougars scored a single run in the sixth as Cyle Rasmus drove in Griffin on a groundout to the shortstop. Griffin led the inning off with a double down the left-field line.
Columbus State scored a run in the first inning and two in the second. In the bottom of the first, Strickland appeared to have struck out Teschner for the third out of the inning, but the pitch was in the dirt allowing Scott, who was on a third base, to score and Teschner to reach base on the wild pitch extending the inning.
Rasmus drove in two in the second with a double just over the third base bag.
Armstrong scored two runs in their half of the second after Cougar starter Will Casey walked the first two batters of the inning. A wild pitch put both runners in scoring position as Mike Barnhill laced a single into centerfield chasing in both runners.
The Pirates used the long ball in the third inning as Zach Taylor and Alex Frederick hit back-to-back jacks to lead the inning off and take a 4-3 lead.
Taylor and Frederick were at it again in the fourth, both picking up run scoring singles.
Chris Zittrouer went yard in the fifth inning to cap off Armstrong’s scoring.
In a game full of offense, Cyle Rasmus paced the Cougar attack going 2-for-4 with three runs batted in. Cameron Scott also picked up two hits while driving in the game’s final two runs.
Cameron Griffin had a perfect day at the plate as he went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt.
Patrick Devault, Bronson Gagner and Hart Mizell combined to shutout Armstrong in the final three innings. Gagner (1-0) picked up the victory up going 1.2 innings allowing one hit while walking two. Mizell recorded the final out of the game to get the save.
Zack Taylor and Alex Frederick each went 3-for-5 as Taylor with two and three RBIs, respectively.