No. 24 Baseball Blanks Columbus State in PBC Tournament

No. 24 Baseball Blanks Columbus State in PBC Tournament

FLORENCE, SC – UNC Pembroke freshman first baseman Ethan Baucom doubled and tripled in the last three innings to spark the 28th-ranked and fifth-seeded Braves to a 5-0 win over fourth-seeded Columbus State University, Wednesday night (May 10) in game four of the 2017 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament. 

With the win, UNCP moves to 38-13 and will face the University of North Georgia in a winners' bracket game on Thursday at 8:30 p.m., while the Cougars fall to 29-20 and will play Georgia Southwestern State University in an elimination game on Thursday at 5 p.m.

The first three innings of the game were scoreless, as UNCP's Anthony Burke (10-1) and CSU's Caleb Kutsche (10-3) engaged in a pitchers' duel.

Columbus State had the best chance to score early, as a hit by pitch and two singles loaded the bases in the fourth with one out. The Cougars would strand two of those runners though, with the potential first run of the game thrown out at home after tagging at third following a fly ball out to right.

Neither team threatened in the fifth or sixth inning, as Burke and Kutsche continued their pitchers' duel.

UNC Pembroke scored the first run of the game in the seventh. Baucom tripled down the right field line, before Nick Debo drove him in with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Braves added four insurance runs in the ninth. Baucom drove in Roberto Rivera with a double to left field. A walk to Debo and a pair of wild pitches put runners to second and third with one out. Jarratt Mobley drove both runners in with a two-RBI single to left. Mobley would steal home later in the inning to give the game its final score, 5-0. 

Columbus State threatened with runners on the corners and one out in the ninth, however a 6-3 double play would erase the threat.  Senior righty reliever Kyle Ramsey pitched the final two frames for UNCP and recorded his sixth save. 

NOTES:

- Anthony Burke (10-1) was credited with the win, throwing seven shutout innings while scattering eight hits, walking none, and striking out four.  He became the second Brave pitcher in 42 seasons to register double-figure wins.

- Kaleb Kutsche (10-3) picked up the tough loss as he threw eight innings giving up five runs on eight hits, striking out 10 and walking one batter in the process.

-Columbus State outhit UNC Pembroke by a 10-9 margin, but failed to score a single run. The Cougars also stranded 9 runners and had runners on base every inning but one.

- Ethan Baucomb led the Braves at the plate finishing 2-4 with a double, triple, RBI, and a run scored.

-Austin Collins and Grant Berry each collected three hits for Columbus State.

NEXT UP:

The Braves will move on to face North Georgia tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. in a winners' bracket game. Columbus State will face Georgia Southwestern tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. in an elimination game.