Columbus State wins twice but stills finishes second in Peach Belt


DAHLONEGA, Ga. -- Columbus State did all it could on Saturday, sweeping North Georgia 9-5 and 11-6 at Bob Stein Stadium. But Lander won the Peach Belt Conference championship with a sweep of its own over Armstrong Atlantic.

Lander finished the season with a 24-6 conference record, one game better than Columbus State.

The two began Friday night's game tied at 21-6. Lander won Friday night, while the Cougars blew a 6-0 lead.

If the teams had finished tied, they would have been declared co-champions.

In the opener Saturday, CSU (36-14) trailed 4-3 after seven innings.

Carson Bowers tied the game with his fourth homer of the season in the top of the eighth. Jackson Oliver drove in the go-ahead run with his fourth hit of the season.

CSU scored four more in the ninth on Jimmy Obermark's grand slam to blow the game open.

Reliever Riley Presnell (2-0) picked up the win. Starter Caden Ferguson started and was pulled after giving up four runs on six hits and five walks in 4 2-3 innings.

In the nightcap, no late-game herocis were needed as the Cougars scored eight times in the second inning. Dustin Averett hit a grand slam to cap the outburst.

Bowers his his second homer of the day, a two-run shot in the seventh.

Bryan Headley (9-2) earned the win. He gave up four runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings.

The Cougars are idle until the PBC tournament, which will be played at USC Aiken on May 10-11. The Cougars will be the No. 2 seed for the single-elimination tournament.

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