AIKEN, S.C. — A day after scoring 16 runs, the Columbus State Cougars were held to two in a 4-2 loss to Francis Marion on Friday in the second round of the Peach Belt Conference tournament.
Eighth-ranked CSU, which came into the tournament as the regular-season championship and the No. 1 seed, finds itself having to win two elimination games today just to reach Sunday’s championship game. The first of those games will be at 11 a.m. today against Georgia College.
Erik Sommerville (6-3) cooled off the Cougars’ hot bats. He limited CSU to just two runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. Reliever Zach Farry picked up his 13th save, giving up one hit in 2 1/3.
Francis Marion jumped on CSU starter Danny Danielson (7-4) in the first inning. Greg Phelps led off with a home run. Oreston Shuey drove in a second run with a ground out.
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CSU cut the deficit in half in the fourth inning. Aaron Beasley and Tyler Baughman had back-to-back singles with two outs. Brad Bowen drove in Beasley.
Justin Green hit a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the fifth as Francis Marion took a 4-1 lead.
Jonnie Geiger and Brandon Masters singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth. After Rodney Rutherford struck out for the third time in the game, Thomas Morrison singled through the right side to drive in Geiger.