Blake Edwards, Carson Bowers lead Columbus State past Francis Marion

FROM STAFF REPORTSMarch 21, 2014 

Blake Edwards and Carson Bowers drove in two runs apiece as Columbus State opened a Peach Belt Conference series with a 6-4 victory over Francis Marion on Friday night at Ragsdale Field.

The win was No. 600 in the career for Columbus State coach Greg Appleton.

The Cougars (22-8, 10-3) trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the third.

Brendan Collins walked to lead off, then Jackson Oliver reached on a error. After a strikeout and a wild pitch allowed both runners to move up, Dustin Averett walked to load the bases.

Edwards singled up the middle, scoring Collins and Oliver. After a walk to Tim Massengale and another strikeout, Bowers singled to left, driving in two more for a 4-2 lead.

Francis Marion (13-13, 3-10) scored again in the fifth to close to within 4-3. CSU answered with two runs in the sixth.

Collins led off with a bunt single. After he stole second, he scored on Oliver's single to right. Later in the inning, Oliver stole second and went to third on the catcher's throwing error. Averett grounded out, driving in Oliver for a 6-3 lead.

Mike McGinnity (4-0) started and went six innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits. He struck out five. Trey Watson eanred his fourth save with one inning of work in the ninth.

The two teams sre scheduled to start a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ragsdale Field.

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