The Columbus State baseball team has been hammering opponents all season.
So in the game in which the Cougars won the outright championship for the Peach Belt Conference, it was only fitting that they scored 20 runs and had nine extra-base hits, four homers and five doubles.
The 13th-ranked Cougars (39-10, 23-6) beat UNC Pembroke 20-2 on Saturday at Burger King Stadium. The Peach Belt title is the program’s third PBC championship, but the first since 2008.
Obviously, this is a great accomplishment for us, and we are going to celebrate it. But by no means have we accomplished our ultimate goal, and we still have plenty to play for.
Greg Appleton, Columbus State baseball coach
“This is an outstanding group of guys that play for each other,” CSU coach Greg Appleton said. “No one is selfish on this team, and I think it shows in the way we play.
“Obviously, this is a great accomplishment for us, and we are going to celebrate it. But by no means have we accomplished our ultimate goal, and we still have plenty to play for.”
Jackon Oliver, Mike McClellan, Matt Nettles and Lake Hart all hit homers.
After scoring one run in the first, the Cougars blew the game open with six in the second. Oliver and McClellan both hit two-run homers in the second.
Hart hit a three-run homer in the seventh that extended the lead to 16, 17-1.
Nettles capped CSU’s scoring with a two-run shot in the eighth.
Albert Harless (6-2) didn’t need all those runs, as he allowed just two runs on eight hits in eight innings. He struck out seven.
The win was Columbus State’s 17th straight, the longest winning streak in the nation.
The teams conclude the series at 1 p.m. today. CSU will celebrate Senior Day with a ceremony before the game.
Today’s game will also close out the regular season for CSU.
The Peach Belt Conference tournament will be held May 11-15 at Sparrow Stadium in Florence, S.C. It is being hosted by Francis Marion.
The top eight teams in the conference will make the tournament, which will have a pool play format.