AUGUSTA, GA – Outfielder Tim Tebow drove in three runs on Sunday, but the Fireflies came up one run short at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Columbia dropped the series finale, 7-6, to Augusta. Tebow now has nine RBIs in nine games.
Augusta (3-8) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning, an advantage that only lasted until the fifth. Tebow knocked in Michael Paez after the second baseman doubled to begin the frame. Jose Medina later scored from third base on an error to put the visitors in front, 2-1.
Columbia (7-4) tripled the lead in the following inning. Luis Carpio singled – one of the three times the 19-year-old reached on Sunday – and ripped around the bases and scored on Desmond Lindsay’s double. Two batters later, Paez drove in Lindsay with a base hit.
In the eighth inning, Tebow climbed into the left-hand batter’s box with two in scoring position. He blasted a Cameron Avila-Leeper fastball back up the box, scoring a pair.
The Fireflies piled up 10 hits on Sunday and eight of the nine batters in the order reached base safely.
The GreenJackets scored six runs in the final two innings and clinched the win with Manuel Geraldo’s walk-off single. Matt Pope (W, 1-0) picked up the win and Joe Zanghi (L, 0-1) was handed the loss.
Columbia begins a three-game series with the Rome Braves on Monday at State Mutual Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and the pitching matchup features lefty Blake Taylor (0-1, 5.40) for the Fireflies and right-hander Bryse Wilson (1-0, 3.00) for the Braves.
You can listen to the action on ESPN Columbia 94.9 FM and 1230 AM, ColumbiaFireflies.com and the TuneIn Radio app Starting at 6:45 p.m.