Tigerville – North Greenville baseball ran out of schedule on Sunday night as Columbus State escaped with an elimination game win over the Crusaders in the weekend Finale.
- Score: Crusaders – 3 / Cougars – 6
- Records: North Greenville 46 – 10 / Columbus State 42 – 13
- Location: Ray & Bea Dillard Field (Tigerville, South Carolina)
How it Happened
- The Cougars did as they had done all tournament which was strike early. Solo homers in the first, second, and fourth innings put Columbus State up 3 – 0 early on in the contest.
- Austin Pharr added another four base shot in the fifth inning with a two-run blast that made it 5 – 0.
- North Greenville’s bats finally broke free in the sixth inning. Utah Jones singled up the middle to score Alex Williams while a sac fly from John Jones tacked on another run as Josh Black came across to score.
- North Greenville tacked on another in the seventh inning. Jeffrey Chandler led off the frame with a single and later came around to score on a throwing error by the Cougar catcher to cut the deficit to two runs.
- Columbus State answered right back in the visitor’s half of the eighth inning. An NGU throwing error put a runner on third, a base runner which would later cross home plate on a CSU double to make it 6 – 3.
- The eighth inning score was the first run the Cougars had scored in the fifth inning or later since the opening game of the tournament.
- North Greenville looked to get something going in the ninth inning but was unable to find a spark. CSU reliever Payton Phillips wrapped up the game for the Cougars and advanced the team to the Championship series scheduled to be played on Monday afternoon.
Inside the North Greenville Box Score
- The Crusaders finished with four hits from four different players. Utah Jones was 1 for 3 with an RBI while Alex Williams finished 1 for 2 with a run scored.
- Jeffrey Chandler was 1 for 4 with a run scored along with Josh Black who was 1 for 3 with a run.
- The Crusaders finished with 46 – wins on the season, tying the program record while setting a new program mark with an 87 – percent winning percentage.
- The Crusaders also hosted the first NCAA regional in school history and tallied the program’s first tournament win.