Columbus State baseball sweeps past USC Aiken


The Columbus State baseball team took two more steps toward a Peach Belt Conference regular-season championship with a 4-3 and 3-1 sweep of USC Aiken on Saturday at Ragsdale Field.

The Cougars (34-11, 21-5), which hosts Aiken at 1 p.m. Sunday for the final game in the series, are a half-game ahead of Lander (21-6).

CSU, which has won two PBC titles in 1996 and 2008, visits North Georgia next weekend to finish their regular season. Lander will host Armstrong Atlantic next weekend.

In the Game 1 win over Aiken, Mike McClellan went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs. It was his seventh straight multi-hit game. In those seven games, he went 16-for-30 (.533).

Jimmy Obermark also hit a homer and drove in two runs.

Jackson Oliver went 1-for-4, ending a streak of three straight three-hit games.

Mike McGinnity (6-0) earned the win. He allowed three runs on eight hits in 8 1-3 innings. Trey Watson got the final two outs for his ninth save.

In the second game, McClellan's 15-game hit streak came to an end as he went 0-for-3.

Obermark and Blake Edwards hit homers for the Cougars.

Oliver got another hit and ran his hitting streak to 10 games.

Caden Ferguson earned the win. He gave up just one run on five hits in eight innings. Watson pitched the ninth and earned his 10th save.

The Cougars have won seven straight.

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