NCAA Div II Baseball Championship: South Atlantic Regional
Columbus State 14, Virginia State 0
May 18, 2007
Kinston, NC - Columbus State's Justin Lee tossed a complete-game seven- hit shutout and the offense collected 15 hits as CSU thumped Virginia State 14-0 in an elimination game at the South Atlantic Regional. CSU awaits the loser of Georgia College/USC Aiken tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM.
Lee escaped a bases-loaded mess in the first inning. The senior from LaGrange got Jeff Shelton on a strikeout for the second out and retired Andrew Holt on a liner that Jonnie Geiger ran down in right center field for the third out to keep the Trojans off the board.
Geiger scored CSU's first run in the third inning as he reached on a bunt single. He then stole second and Kurt McKee moved him to third on a sac-bunt. Billy Howard singled him home with a solid opposite-field shot to left for a 1-0 Cougar lead.
CSU tallied three more runs home in the fourth inning. David Brown walked to start the inning and both Brian Gordon and Brad Bowen reached on bunt singles to load the bases with no outs. Geiger stepped to the plate again and lofted a fly ball to center field. Brown scored on the play, but Bowen was nailed at second base trying to advance for a double play. McKee provided some two-out magic with a RBI single to score Gordon for the second run of the inning. McKee moved up a base on a passed ball and came home as Howard delivered another opposite-field hit for a 4-0 CSU lead.
CSU (44-18) broke the game open with seven runs in the sixth inning as Lee cruised the rest of the way for the Cougars.
Lee improved to 5-1 on the season as he walked three and struck out nine Trojans.
Haneff Hill (3-7) got the loss for Virginia State. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up 11 hits, nine runs (seven earned), walked six, and didn't register a strikeout.
Howard led the 15-hit CSU attack by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Geiger went 3-for-4 as well with three runs scored and two RBIs. McKee and Rodney Rutherford added two hits apiece for the Cougars.
Charles Monroe and Merv Woodlin went 1-for-3 with a walk as Virginia State ended its season with a 22-33 record.