By Karen Allen
ROME, Ga.—Baseball fell to Columbus State Wednesday afternoon, 7-3, in a non-conference matchup from the Ledbetter Complex.
The loss drops Shorter to 12-24 on the season, while the Cougars improve to 20-16.
Brett Teschner got Columbus State on the board in the first inning, with an RBI double. The Cougars increased their lead to 3-0 in the fourth, when two runs crossed the plate. Dustin Averett delivered on an RBI triple, and Martin Castro brought Averett in on a fly out.
The Hawks avoided the shutout with three runs in the sixth inning. Walker Borneman brought in Michael Miranda on an RBI single, and then came around to score on Jacob Forrest's 2 RBI double. Jesse Gavigan also scored on the play.
Columbus State scored two runs in fifth and eighth innings for the final, 7-3, score.
Matthew Kuhlenberg earned the win for the Cougars; pitching six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with two strikeouts and three walks. Russell Crosby is tagged with the loss for Shorter; going five innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out one.
Miranda finished the day 2-4 at the plate, while Borneman went 1-3 with an RBI and Forrest recorded one hit and two RBI.
The Hawks will be back in action April 13 & 14 as they host West Alabama in a Gulf South Conference matchup. Saturday will feature a doubleheader beginning at noon, while Sunday's game will begin at 1pm.