NGU offense held in check as Columbus advances in winner's bracket

May 18, 2018123456789RHE
Columbus State2200000004121
North Greenville020000100371
Win: Perez Knowles (7-3) 9.073349
Loss: Tucker Burgess (14-3) 8.0104418
Grant Berry (CSU) 412010
Robert Brooks (CSU) 402100
Garrett Kirkwood (CSU) 312010
Drew Webb (CSU) 412201
Josh Black (NGU) 501000
Utah Jones (NGU) 501100
John Jones (NGU) 201020
Jeffrey Chandler (NGU) 411000
Andrew Plunkett (NGU) 321211
Jared Williams (NGU) 401000
Jack Morris (NGU) 401000
NGU offense held in check as Columbus advances in winner's bracket
Friday, May 18, 2018
NGU offense held in check as Columbus advances in winner's bracket
Click for post game press conference (Photo by Owens Media)

Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville dropped its first game of the 2018 Southeast Regional on Friday night to Columbus State in what turned out to be a pitching Dual between two of the region’s best starters.

The Basics

  • Score: Crusaders – 3 / Cougars – 4
  • Records: North Greenville 44 – 9 / Columbus State 42 – 12
  • Location: Ray & Bea Dillard Field (Tigerville, South Carolina)
  • Tournament: NCAA Southeast Regional

How it Happened

  • Tucker Burgess struggled early, giving up four runs in the first two frames on eight hits.
  • A pair of RBI singles in the first inning put the Crusaders in a 2 – 0 hole. Columbus State tacked on a two-run blast in the top half of the second but Burgess escaped further damage as the Cougars stranded a runner on third after an inning-ending pop-up.
  • North Greenville got back in the thick of it in the home half of the third inning when Andrew Plunkett ripped a liner over the left field fence, a blast that scored Jeffrey Chandler and cut the Cougar lead in half.
  • NGU tacked on another run in the seventh inning on Utah Jones’ RBI single but, Cougar Starter Perez Knowles kept NGU’s offense at bay, coaxing a deep fly-out for the third out as NGU stranded three.
  • Knowles was the headliner of the day. The game two starter for the Cougars threw 153 total pitches and held NGU’s dangerous offense in check.
  • North Greenville finished with just seven hits and were just 1 – 5 with runners in scoring position.

Inside the North Greenville Box Score

  • Tucker Burgess gave up four earned runs in the opening pair of frames but settled in nicely in the third, finishing with eight strikeouts and a walk in eight innings of work.
  • Plunkett led the Crusaders with two RBI and a pair of runs scored in a 1 for 3 showing.
  • Utah Jones was also 1 for 3 and had an RBI. John Jones and Jeff Chandler collected a hit each for NGU.

Inside the Columbus State Box Score

  • Perez Knowles tossed a complete game and struck out nine in the process of throwing 153 – pitches. Knowles also allowed four free passes.
  • Andrew Webb was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored while Garrett Kirkwood finished 2 for 3 with a run.
  • Robert Brooks and Grant Berry also had two hits. Berry tacked on a run and walked twice.

Next Time Out

  • The Crusaders will play to stave off elimination tomorrow morning, taking on the second-seeded Georgia College. The Crusaders fell to the Bobcats earlier this season 7 – 0.