COLUMBUS, Ga. - An early 9-1 lead wasn't enough, as the No. 24 Georgia College baseball team (25-11, 12-7 PBC) fell 13-9 Friday night Columbus State University (21-16, 14-7 PBC).
Georgia College picked up eight runs in the first two innings off CSU starter Zach Helewski, but would manage just one run off reliever Martin Castro (2-1) over the final seven frames, allowing just three hits.
Columbus State took the lead for good in the fourth, scoring a run each on a groundout and a single.
Maas finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run and while the home run was Ardeeser's lone hit, he had two RBI and a pair of runs as well. Leftfielder Rob Hogenkamp (St. Louis, Mo.) has now posted multi-hit games in each of his last three, adding a 2-for-4 effort tonight, with two doubles, an RBI and a run.
Bobcat reliever Daniel Szathmary (Suwanee, Ga.) took the loss, evening his record out at 1-1 in a four-inning stint.
The Cougar victory also gives them another point in the "Battle for the Pickle Barrel" rivalry challenge, putting them up five at 9-4.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, April 12, finishing the three-game set with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
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