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Senators falter late against Columbus St.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ----- Columbus State scored seven runs in the final two innings to break open a close game, as the Cougars defeated the Auburn University at Montgomery baseball team, 10-3, Tuesday afternoon at the AUM Baseball Complex. 

With the loss, the Senators fell to 5-8 on the season, while the Cougars improved to 4-3 overall. 

Senior Sam Judah and juniors Rusty Todd, Andrew Walker and Hunter Cross each finished with a pair of hits, while senior Branden Kelley connected on his first home run of the season. 

AUM took a quick 1-0 lead, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning, putting together three consecutive two-out singles to plate its run. Cross picked up the RBI, plating Walker, who started the rally with a single through the left side. 

The Cougars responded with a run in the top of the second, after former Senator Bruce Alter led off the frame with a double and came around to score on a single by Eric Skinner. 

Columbus State took the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning, scoring two runs off of junior Wes Cook (0-2). The inning started shaky, as a miscommunication by Cook and Judah on a popped-up bunt led to allow lead-off man Navarro Hall to get on. Ryan Lewis followed with a double to deep right-centerfield, moving Hall to third, before a single by Cameron Scott plated the go-ahead run. The Cougars added a second run in the inning to take a 3-1 lead midway through the sixth inning. 

CSU added a run in the eighth inning and sixth in the ninth, as it pounded out six hits and took advantage of a pair of Senators' errors, to take a 10-1 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth. 

The Senators worked to rally from the deficit, with Kelley ripping a two-run homer, but the game ended when Todd bounced into a double play. 

Cook took the loss for AUM, allowing three hits and two runs in 1.0 inning of work. Junior William Shell started the contest, tossing 2.0 innings and allowing one run and three hits, before giving way to fellow junior Nathan Brown. Brown followed was perhaps the most effective pitcher of the afternoon, tossing 3.0 innings of scoreless, hitless relief. Senior Kyle Mitchell also tossed a perfect inning of relief, and in the process dropped his earned run average to a team-best 1.59 on the season. 

Brodie Leibrandt earned the victory for the Cougars after scattering eight hits and one run over 5.0 innings. Lewis led all players with three hits and three RBIs, while Hall added a game-high three runs scored. 

AUM will look to get back on track on Friday, when it hosts Campbellsville at 3 p.m. at the AUM Baseball Complex.

INFORMATION SOURCE: AUM Athletics 

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