COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus State head coach Greg Appleton stressed hitting to his team going into the NCAA Division 2 World Series and it appears his team listened on Sunday in the first game against Mercyhurst. They scored eight runs to cruise to an 8-1 win, putting them in the winner's bracket of the tournament.
Two runs in the first inning helped, as Chase Brown's single to center drove in Garrett Kirkwood and Gr ant Berry.
CSU followed that up with three more runs in the fourth to pad the lead.
Gunnar Drinnen drove in Robert Brooks, and Drew Webb followed up with a two-run double, driving in Drinnen and Frank Wager.
Another pair of runs in the sixth thanks to Berry's two-run triple made it 7-0, and the Cougars plated one more in the eighth for insurance on Wager's RBI double.
Good hitting goes nowhere without good pitching, though, and Kolton Ingram was on his game all afternoon. He gave CSU eight shutout innings and only gave up four hits and finished with ten strikeouts.
Jalen Latta gave up a run in the ninth, but ultimately closed the deal with no further damage, and the Cougars are on to the second round of the winner's bracket.
They will face UC San Diego Tuesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. ET.