GREENWOOD, S.C. — Columbus State pounded out 16 hits in a 10-3 victory over Georgia College on Friday night in the NCAA Southeast Regional.
All nine batters got at least one hit for CSU, but Jackson Oliver led the Cougars (38-15) by going 4-for-6 with a pair of runs scored. Dustin Averett went 3-for-6 and drove in four runs.
With the win, the third-seeded Cougars advance to Saturday's first game against top-seeded Lander at noon. Both teams are undefeated in the regional. Even though both teams are in the Peach Belt Conference, they didn't play during the season. Lander edged CSU by a game for the PBC title.
With the loss, the Bobcats (35-16) will play Catawba at 3:45 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game.
Mike McGinnity (7-1) picked up the win for CSU despite struggling through six innings. He gave up three runs, five hits, six walks, one hit batter and a wild pitch.
But the right-hander struck out six and stranded nine base runners, including five in the first two innings.
Ryan Pistey pitched the final three innings for CSU, keeping the Bobcats scoreless. He earned his first save of the season.
The Cougars struck for four runs in the top of the first as the first six batters all reached. Brendan Collins was hit by a pitch, then Oliver doubled, Jimmy Obermark singled in a run, Averett doubled in two, Mike McClellan singled and Blake Edwards singled in the fourth run.
The Bobcats got a run in the bottom of the first, then CSU answered with one in top of second.
Collins, Oliver and Obermark opened the inning with three straight singles. Collins scored on Obermark's hit.The Bobcats got another run in the second, but it could have been more. McGinnity struck out Daniel Bick with the bases loaded after walking in a run.
CSU blew the game open with three runs in the third for an 8-2 lead.
Collins and Carson Bowers had two hits apiece for CSU. Obermark drove in a pair of runs.
Justin Blue (5-4) took the loss. He gave up five runs and seven hits in two innings. Jake Anthony pitched the final seven innings, giving up five runs (one earned) and nine hits.
The game started more than 90 minutes later than the scheduled time of 7 p.m. The day of games got off to a late start when tournament officials decided to give Catawba an extra hour of rest. Catawba played the late game on Thursday.
Earlier on Friday, No. 6 seed Catawba eliminated No. 2 seed Mount Olive 16-4, and No. 1 seed Lander eliminated No. 4 USC Aiken 12-8 in 10 innings.
On Thursday, CSU edged USC Aiken 3-2 on Mike McClellan's homer in the bottom of the ninth. Georgia College routed Mount Olive 10-0.
CSU beat Georgia College 2-of-3 in early April. CSU won Game 1, 8-7, then lost Game 2, 12-5. The Cougars won the series finale 11-9.