Cougars Pull Third Straight Comeback, Sweep Saint Leo
CSU Sports Information- For the third consecutive game the Columbus State University baseball team pulled a late-inning comeback, this time taking down Saint Leo 11-10 to complete the sweep. The non-conference series was played at Burger King Stadium.
Once again the Cougars found themselves in a big hole as they trailed the Lions 10-6 heading to the bottom of the 8th inning. Kendall Ford drew a four pitch walk to get the lead runner on base and after a strikeout it was Robert Brooks drawing another walk to put two on. But the Lions picked up another strikeout to put themselves just one out away from heading to the ninth inning.
Dane Bullock then singled up the middle to bring Ford home and put runners on the corners. Grant Berry battled hard at the plate and drew another walk to load the bases and bring the leading run to the plate. CSU would insert pinch hitter Chase Brown to be the one to deliver the late game heroics. On a 3-1 pitch, the senior would come through in the clutch, sending a no-doubter to right center to bring in four to give the Cougars the 11-10 lead.
The Cougars brought Devin Dudal in for the ninth inning and he grabbed his first save of the season while picking up two strikeouts to ensure the CSU weekend sweep.
"This was an unbelievable weekend for us as a team," said head coach Greg Appleton. "We know we've got the ingredients for success, we've just got to find ways to get it all mixed together and into the oven. I know we gave up some runs this series, but at the end of the day we got three wins so we'll take it and build upon it."
Columbus State fell behind 2-0 in the third but responded with Ford hitting his first home run of the season over left center. The senior had a huge day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with four runs scored and a RBI courtesy of his solo home run.
With the Lions up 6-1 in the fifth inning, the Cougars would begin their rally thanks to an RBI single from Brooks to knock the starter for Saint Leo out of the game. Frank Wager would follow it up with a two-run single up the middle to make it a 6-4 game.
After Saint Leo would tack on another three runs in the sixth, it was the sophomore Brooks hitting a double to center field scoring two to put the score at 9-6 before they would complete the rally two innings later. Brooks finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI's.
Sam Sowerbrower (1-0) picked up his first win of the season going two innings giving up just one hit and one run while striking out three.
Columbus State (5-4) will hit the road to take on West Georgia on Wednesday Feb. 20. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.