The Georgia Southwestern baseball team was swept in a Peach Belt Conference West Division doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Hurricane Stadium by No. 7 Columbus State, 13-3 and 8-0.
Bud Long finished the day 4-for-7 with two walks and two runs scored to lead Southwestern at the plate. Zack Stanton collected a pair of hits in the opener and added a single in his final at-bat of Game 2 to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.
GAME 1: #7 COLUMBUS STATE 13, GSW 3
By CHRIS WHITAKER
AMERICUS — Jason Rogers was 2-for-5 with four RBI as Columbus State ate up Georgia Southwestern pitching in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
The seventh-ranked Cougars pounded out 16 hits and beat the Hurricanes 13-3.
Zack Stanton extended his hitting streak to 19 games, but the offense was held to seven hits for a second-consecutive game.
GSW starter Travis Barrett (4-1) was chased in the third inning as Columbus built an 8-2 lead. Barrett walked five and struck out one in his second-shortest outing of the season as a starter.
Bud Long was 3-for-4, and Stanton finished with two hits. Stanton gave GSW (23-15, 11-9 PBC) a 1-0 lead in the first on his 10th double of the season. Trent Dooley's groundout made it 2-0.
Columbus (33-9, 10-7) scored five in the second, highlighted by two-run singles from Eric Weiss and Cameron Griffin.
Rogers had a 2-run double in the third and another 2-run double in the eighth for the Cougars.
Noah Watkins and Jake Lepchitz led Columbus with three hits apiece.
Thomas Campbell (6-2) picked up the win going eight innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out three and walking three.
GAME 2: #7 COLUMBUS STATE 8, GSW 0
By GSW Sports Information
A two-run home run by Ryan Lewis in the second inning and a two-run blast in the third from Rogers would prove to be more that enough run support for Columbus State starting pitcher David Lane.
GSW managed only four hits in the game, two coming in the form of doubles from Dooley and Kevin Carroll.
Mitch Rider accounted for two of CSU’s three runs in the eighth when he hit his second two-run home run of the series.
The Cougars added another run in the ninth.
Jody Sellars (5-4) suffered the loss for the Hurricanes, giving up six runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings of work, while walking four and striking out three.
Lane (6-1) earned the complete-game win for Columbus State (34-9, 11-7) after striking out 10 and walking two in the shutout.
The Hurricanes did not have a batter with multiple hits.
Rogers, Lewis and Cameron Griffin had two hits apiece for CSU.
Southwestern (23-16, 11-10) hosts Auburn-Montgomery on Monday at 5 p.m. in the final home game of the season.