Carpenter Pitches Columbus State Past Georgia Southwestern
Columbus – Tyler Carpenter tossed his second career complete game as the Columbus State University baseball team scored three runs in the first inning that lifted the Cougars to a 3-1 victory over Georgia Southwestern. The game was the opening tilt of a Peach Belt Conference series and was played at Ragsdale Field.
It was Carpenter's first start since March 10 when he allowed six runs in 6.1 innings pitched against USC Aiken.
The sophomore scattered four hits over the nine innings while allowing one run. He struck out four batters including Corey Benson that ended the game.
Columbus State (26-15, 12-10 PBC) got to GSW starter Matthew Suggs in the first inning as J.D. Pullen led the frame off with a bunt single between the third baseman and the pitcher's mound. Navarro Hall would then lace a single to the right-centerfield gap that Hurricane centerfielder Michel Coffey missed played allowing the ball to skip away from him. On the error, Pullen scored all the way from first.
Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Eric Weiss who singled up the middle scoring Hall from third. On the play, Cameron Scott was thrown out at the plate as the junior tried to score from second. The final run of the frame was scored on yet another Georgia Southwestern error as Cameron Griffin hit a ball that third baseman Les Cromer miss played allowing Brett Teschner to cross the plate.
Georgia Southwestern (9-31, 6-18) scored their only run in the third as Jarrod Taylor doubled off the right-centerfield wall with one-out. After a Les Cromer single through the left side of the infield, Coffey hit a grounder to Harrison Waller who tried to turn the double play but his throw got passed Kenny Miller allowing Taylor to score.
Carpenter (5-1) induced two groundballs to get out of the inning.
The Cougar outfield flashed some leather during the game with two spectacular catches. In the fifth, John Duran skied a ball foul that Weiss dove into the visiting bullpen securing in the catch. In the eighth, Pullen chased down a ball in the left-centerfield gap and finished off the play with a nice diving grab.
On the mound, Carpenter did not allow a runner to reach second base after the third inning and allowed just two hits.
Suggs (2-7) threw 137 pitches on his way to striking out a season high nine batters. He lasted 7.2 innings while Tyler Daniel recorded the final out in the eighth.
Cameron Griffin was 2-for-4 for Columbus State while Eric Weiss was 1-for-4 with a RBI. Navarro Hall extended his hitting streak to a career best 10-games going 1-for-3. The hitting streak is also the longest by any CSU player this season.
Jarrod Taylor was 2-for-3 for Georgia Southwestern with a run scored while Michel Coffey had the lone RBI.
The series will conclude Saturday, April 14 with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Ragsdale Field. Before the game, the 2002 national championship team will be honored on the field. Fans are asked to arrive 30 minutes before first pitch to secure a good seat for the action.