ASU Falls On The Road

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State registered a 19-4 win Saturday in the first game of a scheduled Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with Augusta State at Ragsdale Field. The second game, after two lengthy delays for rain and lightning, was called after three and one-half innings. ASU had built an 8-2 lead in the series finale, but that result went by the wayside as the game's statistics were wiped out by the cancellation.

The Jags grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the second of game one when Tristan Toorie reached on a leadoff single and freshman third baseman Cole Payne followed with a two-run homer to left-center.

The Cougars responded in their half of the frame, plating four runs to go up 5-2. Eric Weiss led the 24-hit CSU attack by going 4-4, while Jason Rogers drove in six runs.

Thomas Campbell (7-2) earned the win, allowing six hits and four earned runs. He endured a one hour, 26-minute weather delay and finished the sixth inning before giving way to Brodie Leibrandt. He pitched the final three innings to earn a save, allowing just one hit with one walk and one strikeout.

Payne led ASU (15-31, 5-18) with two hits, including a double. Senior Carl Burrow and freshman Curtis Parker each drove in a run. Senior Tony Baker, Burrow, Parker and Toorie accounted for all seven of the Jags' hits.

Junior lefthander Joah Evans (2-6) took the loss, surrendering 11 hits and nine earned runs over the first three innings. Stephen Ramsey, Robbie Downing and Chase Johnston all saw action on the mound for the Jags. Johnston was the most effective, working two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

ASU closes out the 2010 season at West Georgia on Wednesday, April 28, with the first pitch slated for 6:00 p.m., in Carrollton, Ga.

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