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Columbus Outmatched in Series Finale

April 22, 2008 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Columbus Catfish News Release

Columbus, Georgia- The Columbus Catfish were only able to manage 2 runs Monday night in the series finale against the Charleston RiverDogs at Golden Park. Charleston starting pitcher Noel Castillo (3-0) went 7 strong innings, only allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits, while walking 2 Catfish batters. Columbus' offense continued to struggle to get runners on and drive them in; only managing 6 hits in the ballgame as they went down for the third straight game 7-2.

Columbus starter, and Tampa Bay Rays' prospect, Glenn Gibson continued his early season struggles, allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits; but actually lowered his season earned run average from 10.03 to 8.64. Mike McCormick socked his first homerun of the season in the bottom of the second inning to give the Catfish their only 2 runs of the night.

The RiverDogs' offense continued the onslaught it began Saturday night pumping out 7 runs on 15 hits, including 6 doubles and 1 triple. Third baseman Brandon Laird and shortstop Carmen Angelini each tallied 3 hits and 1 run scored. Corner outfielders Dave Williams and Taylor Holiday drove in 2 runs a piece; and Austin Krum managed to score 2 runs for Charleston after replacing Wady Rufino in the fifth inning. The Charleston RiverDogs maintained pressure on the Columbus Catfish's pitchers the entire game en route to their fifteenth win of the season. Columbus, on the other hand, dropped their tenth game of the season; putting their record at 8-10

Columbus will open a short 2 game homestand against their rival Rome Braves Tuesday night, as Josh Johnson squares off with Eric Barrett. First pitch will be at 7 PM at historic Golden Park.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (706) 571-8866 or by ordering online at www.columbuscatfish.com. The Golden Park ticket office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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