No. 7 Columbus State edges No. 25 Lander in series finale

No. 7 Columbus State edges No. 25 Lander in series finale

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The No. 7-ranked Columbus State baseball team scored all of its runs in the first four innings Sunday afternoon and held on to post a 5-3 Peach Belt Conference victory over No. 25 Lander and prevent the Bearcats sweep of the three-game series at Burger King Stadium.

Columbus improves to 21-7 overall and 9-3 in the PBC, while Lander, which saw its 15-game winning streak come to an end, moves to 23-6, 14-4.

The Cougars' Brandon Koehler (6-0) went the distance with eight strikeouts, one walk and three earned runs on eight hits in the complete nine innings.

Lander's JD Waite (3-2) suffered the loss after striking out one and allowing three earned runs on eight hits in three innings.

After Lander got on the scoreboard first in the second inning when Thomas Berry scored on Taylor Kellner's fielder's choice, Columbus bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles by Jackson Oliver and Hunter Bowling to take a 2-1 lead.

The Cougars stretched their advantage to 4-1 in the third on RBI doubles by Ryan Ihle and Bowling. In the fourth, Lake Hart drove in Oliver with a single down the left field line to go up, 5-1.

Lander answered with its final run in the eighth on Berry's solo home run to right field.

For Lander, Colby Lusignan, Berry and Alex Conaway each batted 2-for-4.

Oliver went 4-for-5 for the Cougars, while McClellan batted 3-for-5.

Lander will next host Claflin University at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, in a non-conference game.