By James Vallone
COLUMBUS, Ga. -– The Hawks battled back from a four-run deficit to tie the game, before Columbus State rallied in the eighth inning for a 7-4 victory.
Columbus State picked up four runs in the first two innings, including three in the second off of four hits by the Cougars.
Michael Miranda got a one out double in the fifth – part of a three hit day – before scoring on an error on the Cougar third baseman, making the score 4-2.
Columbus State added three runs in the bottom of the eighth before Hart Mizell was brought in to record the ninth inning save for the Cougars.
Shorter scored four runs on eight hits, committing two errors.
Borneman collected a pair of hits, to go along with his two RBI's, as he and Miranda accounted for five of the eight hits.
Ben Stell started on the mound for the Hawks. In his two innings of work he gave up five hits and four runs while recording a strike out. David Summerall came in from the bullpen to pitch six innings of five hit baseball, striking out five while giving up three runs.
Columbus State scored seven times on ten hits, while committing four errors. Three different players recorded multiple hits, while leadoff batter Ryan Lewis scored twice.
Bronson Gagner pitched the eighth inning to pick up the win, striking out one batter, while facing just three hitters.
The Hawks are back in action this weekend with a three game series versus Gulf South Conference foe North Alabama from Florence, Ala.