AIKEN, S.C. — Cameron Scott drove in six runs — three on a bases-loaded double — as Columbus State avoided a sweep with a 16-5 rout of USC Aiken in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Cougars also could have been the ones doing the sweeping. They had a 6-1 lead in Game 1 before losing 8-7.
In Game 2, both teams scored twice in the first inning. But the Cougars scored four times in the second — two on a Scott double — and three in the third on a Jimmy Obermark homer for a 9-2 lead.
J.D. Pullen went 4-for-5 with an RBI and five runs scored. Ryan Lewis was 3-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
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Brodie Leibrandt picked up the win. He went six innings and allowed four runs on four hits.
In the opener, Obermark and Dustin Averett knocked in two runs apiece as CSU built the five-run lead with two runs each in the second, third and fifth innings. But Aiken scored five in the sixth to tie the game at 6-6.
CSU scored once in the eighth, but Aiken scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth for the win.
The split kept CSU (25-17, 17-8) 2½ games behind Aiken (36-9, 20-6) in the Peach Belt Conference standings. Lander (31-12, 18-9) is also 2½ games back.
CSU and Aiken finish their three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday.