#24 Bobcats Upended at Columbus, 13-9

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).

The Bobcats got home runs from Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) in the loss.

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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