NCAA Baseball: Columbus State Season Comes to a Close 6-2
Mount Olive, NC – Dan Hayduk hit a grand slam in the top
of the 10th inning to propel No. 2 Mount Olive to a 6-2
come from behind victory over No. 14 Columbus State Friday
afternoon at Scarborough Field in Mount Olive, North Carolina in
the Southeast Regional. With the loss, CSU ends its season at
32-19 while the Trojans improve to 43-7.
Columbus State threatened in the first inning with Ryan Lewis and Bruce Alter both reaching with two outs but were stranded without pushing a run across.
Mount Olive had a great opportunity to jump on the board first with runners on second and third and one out when Jason Simone hit into a double play when he was thrown out at first base and a runner was caught in a rundown before Scoop Pharr tagged him out for the third out.
The Trojans finally did score an inning later when Tyler Smith scored Jacob Rogers on a RBI groundout to put the host team ahead 1-0.
CSU answered back in the fifth inning and took the lead when Scoop Pharr delivered a big one-out two-run single to leftfield. The inning started with Cameron Griffin just missing a homerun that hit off the leftfield wall which was followed by a Noah Watkins walk. Eric Skinner put down a great bunt down the third base line, but a controversial call at third forced out Griffin leaving runners at first and second. After a Eric Weiss single to leftfield loaded the bases, the table was set for Pharr to deliver the go-ahead hit putting the Cougars ahead 2-1.
MOC had a chance to tie the game in the seventh inning but a great defensive snag by Bruce Alter stranded the runner at third base without a run scoring.
In the eighth the Trojans finally knotted the game at two all and CSU was fortunate to not relinquish the lead. Joeseph Westbrook drew a one-out walk and advanced to second before scoring on a Simone RBI single up the middle. After a double and a walk loaded the bases, Mount Olive attempted a suicide squeeze that was popped up to Logan Dollar who caught it and threw it to third for the double play and end the rally attempt with the score tied at 2-2.
Columbus State would not threaten in their final three at-bats setting the table up for big inning for MOC. Westbrook singled on a chopper over the head of Alter before CSU threw the ball away on a sacrifice bunt attempt allowing runners to move up to second and third. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Hayduk blasted his first career grand slam to put the Trojans ahead.
Tyler Carpenter was outstanding on the mound for the Cougars tossing nine innings including his final five after being hit in the calf with a line drive. He allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out five. Brian Satterfield suffered the losing tossing the 10th inning. Weiss, Pharr, Lewis and Griffin picked up the hits for CSU in the contest including Pharr’s two-run single.
Jeremy Hall came on in relief limiting the Columbus State damage in the fifth inning tossing 5.2 innings of scoreless ball issuing just one walk. Curtis Hudson received a no-decision as he surrendered two runs in 4.1 innings on four hits and three walks. Westbrook and Rogers both had multi-hit performances going 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively.