Montevallo scores five unearned runs to eliminate Columbus State


GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Montevallo scored five unearned runs in the sixth inning and went on to eliminate Columbus State from the Peach Belt Conference tournament 10-4 on Saturday afternoon at Dolny Stadium.

The loss likely ended CSU's season at 30-22. The NCAA announces the bids for the Division II tournament Sunday night, but CSU was not ranked in the top eight in the Southeast Regional before the PBC tournament started. Only six teams would be invited to the regional.

Michael Simmons opeded the sixth for Montevallo by reaching on a throwing error by Blake Edwards.

After Jake Ezell got two outs, he walked Will Fulmer. Austin Dubberly followed with a single up the middle scoring Simm to tie the game at 4-4.

After a walk loaded the bases, Cameron Griffin relived Ezell.

Jackson Slaid greeted him with a grand slam for an 8-4 lead.

Ezell (3-4) took the loss. He gave up seven runs (three earned) on four hits and six walks.

Trailing 2-0, CSU tied the game in the bottom of the second. Brett Teschner and Jackson Oliver led off with back-to-back singles. After the next two batters made outs, Jimmy Obermark singled to center field to drive in Teschner and Oliver.

CSU took the lead in the third as J.D. Pullen walked and went to third on Cameron Scott's hit. Pullen scored on a wild pitch.

After the Falcons had tied the game in the fourth, CSU retook the lead in the fifth. Pullen led off with a triple and scored later on a double play grounder.

Montevallo, the No. 8 seed, will play Georgia College, the No. 7 seed, in Sunday afternoon's championship game.

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