CSU Sports Information- The Columbus State University baseball team cruised past the Falcons of Montevallo Wednesday with a 13-2 victory. The game took place at Burger King Stadium at Ragsdale Field.
The Cougars struck early to jump out to the two-run lead in the first inning and never looked back.Frank Wager delivered the RBI-single to open the scoring and set the tone for his big night at the plate.
"We strung together some timely hits today especially towards the top half of the lineup," head coach Greg Appleton said. "You put that together with the pitching performance from TC (Cadenhead) and it makes things really difficult on opponents. I think our guys are hungry to keep it rolling with conference play opening up this weekend."
Dane Bullock would team up with Wager as the two hit back-to-back causing havoc all night for the Falcons. With the Cougars up 2-1 in the fifth, Bullock doubled to left field bringing across two more runs for CSU. They would bust the game open one inning later with a bases-loaded triple from Wager to put CSU on top 9-1. For good measure, the very next batter in Bullock then doubled to bring Wager home to make it 10-1.
Starting pitcher Tyler Cadenhead put up his best performance of the season, going eight strong innings for CSU. He gave up only five hits and two earned runs while striking out three. Cadenhead (1-2) started the game off retiring the first seven batters he faced. The hot start set the tone for his night as he only threw 89 pitches in his eight innings of work.
Despite not hitting any home runs, the Cougar offense put up five extra base hits, and had four innings with multiple runs scored. Their 13 runs scored were a new season high.
Wager finished 3-for-5 at the plate with four RBI's finishing just a home run shy of the cycle. Right behind him in the lineup, Bullock went 2-for-4 also grabbing four RBI's.
Garrett Kirkwood had a productive day inside the batters box going 1-for-3 and walking twice while scoring four runs and driving in two.Robert Brooks came across home plate another three times for the Cougars in the win.
Winners of seven in a row, the Cougars will try to keep it going as they open conference play against Augusta Friday, March 1. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Burger King Stadium.