Bearcats silenced in series opener at No. 5 Columbus State

Bearcats silenced in series opener at No. 5 Columbus State

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Lander baseball team managed just one hit on Friday night as No. 5 Columbus State plated five runs over the final three innings to pull away for a 7-0 win in the series opener.

The Bearcats' (6-16, 1-9 PBC) lone hit of the evening came on a one-out single from Colton Yeager in the top of the eighth inning. Columbus State (19-2, 6-0 PBC) earned its 13th consecutive win and stayed unbeaten in Peach Belt Conference play. 

Columbus State scored twice in the third inning and and again in the sixth before finally chasing Bearcat starter Tripper Ergle (1-4) in the seventh inning with three more runs. Ergle finished with five earned runs allowed on eight hits with six strikeouts and two walks in 6.1 innings of work. 

JD Cook tossed 0.2 scoreless before Ryan Flores took over in the bottom of the eighth, allowing a solo home run that put the Cougars up 7-0. 

Offensively, Lander had no answers for Kolton Ingram (6-0), who allowed one hit with 15 strikeouts in 8.0 innings. Ingram retired the first nine batters he faced and the Bearcats never managed to put a runner beyond first base throughout the night. 

The second game of the series is slated for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.