#8 Cougars Jump on 'Canes Early and Cruise to Victory

The Georgia Southwestern baseball team lost to #8 Columbus State University 11-2 on Friday evening in a Peach Belt Conference matchup at Hurricane Field.

Four runs in the first and another three in the second proved to be more than enough for CSU. The Cougars used eight singles and a double to bring all seven runs around.

All of the Hurricanes scoring came in the second when Francisco Gomez was brought in from first on a Patrick McCarthy line shot to center that landed below the outstretched glove of Jonnie Geiger and rolled to the 400' sign for an inside-the-park home run.

Columbus State answered with two more runs in the fourth and single runs in the seventh and eighth.

Starter RM Cozza (4-4) took the loss for GSW in three innings of work allowing nine earned runs. Colin Duffie threw five innings and allowed two to score, while Tyler Smith pitched a scoreless ninth.

Korey Noles, a three-time Peach Belt Player of the Week in ‘08, remained perfect (11-0) with the complete game win for CSU. Noles scattered seven hits and struck out 10.

Cody Adams was the lone Hurricane batter to record multiple hits. Adams finished 3-for-4 with two doubles to remain hot at the plate. In his last nine at-bats, Adams has seven hits, including three doubles and a home run.

Rodney Rutherford led the Cougars with a 5-for-5 performance at the plate. Rutherford knocked his conference leading 25th home run of the season, drove in two, scored three times and was hit by a pitch. Geiger, Brandon Masters, Thomas Morrison, Brian Gordon and Brad Bowen added three hits apiece.

With the loss, GSW falls to 16-32 overall on the season and 6-19 in conference play. Columbus State improves to 38-14 and sits atop the PBC standings at 18-7. The series and 2008 season for GSW concludes tomorrow with a doubleheader on senior day at 1 p.m.

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