FLORENCE, SC – Senior right-hander Luke Porter tossed a seven-hitter en route to Columbus State University's third complete-game pitching effort of the weekend as the Cougars defeated Francis Marion University 9-1, Sunday morning (April 23) in Peach Belt Conference baseball action.
Francis Marion drops falls to 29-19 overall and concludes Peach Belt play at 9-15, while CSU improves to 28-17 and 15-9.
Prior to Sunday's contest, FMU recognized its seven seniors: infielders Zach Callahan and Antonio Pino, catchers Logan Koch and Zack Haralambis, outfielders Zach Paquette and Cole Griesinger, and right-handed pitcher Chance DuCharme. Paquette, Koch, and Pino all collected a hit in their final home appearance.
Junior center fielder Reese Cooley led the Patriots on Sunday with a 2-for-2 effort that included a first-inning home run. The long ball was his 10th of the season, the most by a Patriot in eight years dating back to infielder Barrett Kleinknecht's 13 in 2010. Cooley also extended his streak of safely reaching base to 30 straight games.
Porter (2-4) struck out three and walked only one. FMU freshman righty Sam High (1-3) was the losing pitcher as he allowed three runs on five hits in four frames. Five other FMU hurlers pitched one inning apiece.
Cougar left fielder Turner Vincent and third baseman Landon Cooper each had three hits.
CSU scored twice in the top of the first as first baseman Mason McClellan laced an RBI single and Lake Hart hit a sacrifice fly. After Cooley trimmed the margin in half in the bottom of the first, Columbus State scored at least one run in each of the game's final six innings.