Perez Knowles and the Columbus State University (CSU) Cougars baseball team will play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II World Series for the second year in a row.
The Cougars won a pair of games over No. 13 Belmont Abbey on Monday. Columbus State won a 5-0 thriller in 12 innings to start the day, and followed it up with a 19-7 win in the nightcap to win the Southeast Region Championship.
The World Series is scheduled for May 26 through June 2. The Cougars will make their eighth World Series appearance and first since 2007.
“We tried to take it one game at a time, knowing we had to win two,” said Cougars coach Greg Appleton.
“We had so many guys dig deep and come up huge, and that’s what you have to have to win this region.
Knowles pitched a complete game with nine swinging strikeouts (K’s) earlier in the tournament and started in the championship clinching game on Monday night.
In the closeout game, the Cougars jumped on the board right away in the winner-take-all game, scoring a pair in the bottom of the first.
On May 7, Knowles was named as the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the week.
During the games played in that week, he pitched eight innings, allowing just one run to North Georgia in a 3-2 win in the second game of the series in Dahlongea. The senior from Freeport, Grand Bahama, allowed three hits and one walk, while striking out seven.