In the fifth inning- of Columbus State’s first home game- D.R. Meadows stepped to the plate with a chance to drive in his first run of his Cougar career. On the mound for Florida Southern was J.J. Niekro- the grandson of the late Joe Niekro and the nephew of Phil- the former Atlanta Brave and member of the Baseball of Fame. Phil was at the game watching both J.J. and his nephew Lance-who is the Florida Southern head coach.
Combined the two Niekro brothers won 539 major league games.
In his first start J.J. pitched six innings of shutout, three-hit ball and he no-hit the Cougars for the first four innings.
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth CSU scored a pair of runs and Meadows drove in the second one with a base hit up the middle. That would be the only Cougar lead at 2-1. Florida Southern hit back-to-back home runs and pulled away to a 6-3 win.
Niekro pitched seven innings and allowed five hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts and one walk.
Meadows went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts, a fly out and he reached on an error. On defense- for the fourth consecutive game- he was a part of a double play. On a strike-him-out-throw-him-out double play D.R. took a throw from the catcher and tagged out the runner at third base. Meadows also handled a grounder and had another tag out at third base.
For the season D.R. is 5-for-19 and is batting .263 with a RBI and a run scored.