UWF recovers from losing streak with 11-4 victory over Columbus State

By Brooke Weber
Staff Writer

The University of West Florida’s baseball team bounced back against Columbus State University 11-4 on Wednesday after a six-game losing streak.

UWF lost to the Cougars on Tuesday 7-4, but the Argonauts got off to a hot start the next day when they put five runs on the scoreboard in the first inning.

“We talked before the game about having a positive attitude, and trying to finish this season strong,” Head Coach Mike Jeffcoat said.

“Obviously, we hoped we would do better, but we got good pitching from Trace Penton,” Jeffcoat said. “We got out of the gate strong in the first inning, second inning and third inning.”

The Cougars had a two-run homerun in the second inning, but the Argos responded when senior catcher Tanner Halstead hit a double with the based loaded, which extended the Argos lead 8-2.

UWF had another three-run inning in the third when junior outfielder Brandon Harmon’s single with an error brought in senior infielder and outfielder Chase Kiefer and junior infielder and outfielder Nick Kerkmann.

Tanner Halstead runs past first base after hitting a three-run double in Saturday’s 11-4 victory over Columbus State. Photo by Brooke Weber

CSU scored a single run in the fifth inning and had another homerun in the ninth inning but were still outscored by the Argos 11-run start.

Jeffcoat said Columbus State has a quality team and that he is proud of his players for bouncing back.

“It’s been a long stretch, probably one of our longest losing streaks we have ever had here,” Jeffcoat said. “It’s one of those days that you’re glad to get a victory, and it’s a positive that we talked about and wanted before going into the Shorter series on the road.”

Jeffcoat said Shorter University has beaten a lot of teams in the Gulf South Conference.

“This is no different than any other weekend, and were certainly not taking them lightly regardless of what they have done recently or in the past,” Jeffcoat said. “We have to go play our best game, and that’s the bottom line.”

The Argos face Shorter in the last Gulf South Conference road series of the season this weekend in Rome, Georgia.

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