PBC Tournament: Tew Throws Lander Past Columbus State at PBC Tourney
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Lefty starter Darrin Tew tossed a complete-game gem Sunday at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament, powering his Lander University (29-22) squad past Columbus State University (32-15) in a tight 3-2 game at Golden Park. The Bearcat victory continues the trend of all lower-seeded teams pulling off upsets on day one of the PBC Tournament.
East No. 4-seed Lander advances to play tomorrow, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of tonight’s Armstrong Atlantic/North Georgia contest. West No. 1-seed CSU will drop to the losers’ bracket to face the loser of that same game.
Tew (4-1) scattered five hits and just one walk, surrendering just a pair of runs to keep the Cougars at bay.
CSU actually struck first in the bottom of the first, when rightfielder Eric Weiss was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a Bruce Alter sacrifice fly.
An All-PBC First Team choice at third base, Alter hit a towering fly to left in the sixth inning, skimming over the top of the left-centerfield fence for a 2-0 lead late, seemingly taking all momentum for CSU.
The Bearcats answered right back, as after another hit batsman, catcher Jeff May took a 1-2 pitch for a no-doubter home run to left, knotting the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh. The teams wouldn’t be tied for long, as the eighth provided the difference.
After two quick outs, Erik Lunde tagged a double down the rightfield line into the corner. Again on a 1-2 pitch, Jordan Owens then followed with a single up the middle for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run.
The go-ahead run seemed to power Tew, as he struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth, then fanned two more in the ninth.
The hard-luck loser was All-PBC First Team starter Thomas Campbell (7-3), tossing eight innings and allowing three earned runs while fanning eight of his own.
Hits were few and far between in the game, as the teams combined for just 11 safeties. The only multi-hit performer was Lander’s Lunde, going 2-for-4 with the one run. The Bearcats didn’t have a single player on this year’s all-conference teams, yet still pulled off the huge upset of the top-ranked CSU squad.