Columbus State Baseball Slides Past Ohio Dominican 2-1
Columbus- The Columbus State University baseball team did not get their first hit until the bottom of the ninth inning but still managed to hold of Ohio Dominican University for the 2-1 victory Friday afternoon at Ragsdale Field. With the victory, the Cougars improve to 14-6 on the year while ODU drops to 2-4.
Sean Blackburn was dominate from the start as the Cougars did not get their first base runner until the bottom of the third. Kenny Miller worked a one-out walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Aaron Jividen. Miller would be stranded in scoring position as Blackburn educed a grounder that ended the inning.
The Panthers would scatter three hits off of Columbus State starter Jordan Freeman. Freeman would pitch five scoreless innings allowing three hits and walked one batter.
In the bottom of the sixth, Miller would lead of the inning with his second walk of the afternoon. Similar to the third inning Miller would advance to second on a Jividen sacrifice bunt. With two-outs Cameron Scott hit a high popup three feet from homeplate. With wind playing tricks on the Panther catcher, Zach Dascenzo would drop the third out of the inning and allowed Miller to score from second base to give the Cougars the 1-0 advantage without picking up a hit.
The score would be unchanged as CSU's closer Blake Sills entered the game in the top of the ninth. Germaine McAlpine would reach base to start the frame on a throwing error by freshman shortstop Kenny Miller. During the next at-bat, McAlpine would steal second base giving the Panthers a runner in scoring position with no outs. Sills would regroup striking out the next two batters until pinch-hitter Robert Franks hit a grounder just passed the diving Miller into centerfield allowing the tying run to score. Sills would retire the side on his third strikeout of the inning as the game went into the bottom of the ninth all tied at one.
Reliever Zane Miller would enter the game for Ohio Dominican and would be greeted by Cameron Scott who ripped a triple off the left-centerfield wall giving the Cougars their first hit of the ballgame. After two intentional walks to load the bases, Garret Houghton would hit a sacrifice fly into centerfield that was deep enough for Scott to score from third which gave the Cougars the 2-1 victory.
The Columbus State bullpen pitched four innings allowing one unearned run and three hits. Sills (2-0) recorded his second win of the season as Taylor Pica and Chase Gilreath pitched one and two scoreless innings respectively. Sean Blackburn pitched eight hitless innings for ODU walking three batters and striking out six as he did not factor into the decision.