Columbus State rallies from 5 down to beat Georgia Southwestern


AMERICUS, Ga. -- Columbus State rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Georgia Southwestern 8-7 on Saturday afternoon at Hurricane Stadium.

With the win, the Cougars remain in first place in the Peach Belt Conference based on winning percentage. Their 18-5 record puts them a half-game behind Lander, which is 20-6 after beating Georgia College on Saturday. But CSU's winning percentage of .783 is better than Lander's ,769.

The 'Canes scored four in the first and one in the second to take a 5-0 lead. But CSU got one of those runs back in the third as Carson Bowers led off with a single and after a walk, he stole third. Brendan Collins singled him home.

CSU tied the game in the fourth. Three straight singles loaded the bases, then Matt Nettles hit into a fielder's choice to score Mike McClellan. Jackson Oliver drove in the second run with a single, scoring Blaine Miller. Jimmy Obermark tied the game with a two-run single to center field.

The Cougars took a 7-5 lead with a pair of runs in the seventh. McClellan singled in one and Miller drove in the other on a ground out.

After the 'Canes tied it with single runs in the seventh and eighth, CSU scored in the ninth to go ahead for good. Obermark led off with a single. After a sacrifice bunt and a fly out, McClellan singled to center to score Obermark.

Trey Watson (4-1) got the win in relief. He pitched the final 1 1-3 innings, giving up no runs on two hits. Caden Ferguson started for CSU and allowed five runs in just 1-plus inning. Ryan Pistey relived Ferguson and gave up just one run on two hits in six innings.

Columbus State (30-11, 18-5) goes for the series sweep at 1 p.m. Sunday. GSW is 10-26 and 5-18.

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