DAHLONEGA, Ga. -- Columbus State scored four runs in the sixth inning and three more in eighth and held on to beat No. 7 North Georgia 8-6 on Saturday at Bob Stein Stadium.
The win evened the series. Game 3 will be at 1 p.m. Sunday.
"It was good to see the guys respond after a tough loss last night," CSU coach Greg Appleton said. "Now we have the opportunity to win the series tomorrow and make this a good weekend."
CSU trailed 2-1 heading into the sixth. Mike McClellan doubled in the tying run. Lake Hart tripled in two and then scored on Tyler Fichter's single.
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The 28th-ranked Cougars tried to put the game away with the three in eighth taking an 8-2 lead. McClellan hit a solo homer, and Ryan Ihle hit a 2-run shot.
But Trevor Sams hit a 3-run homer as part of a four-run eighth as the Nighthawks closed to within 8-6.
Kolton Ingram gave up one hit in the ninth and earned the save.
Albert Harless (2-0) picked up the victory for the Cougars, allowing four runs over 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander struck out a season-high eight.