Cougar Baseball to Host NCAA Southeast Regional


INDIANAPOLIS --- Just hours after winning its fifth Peach Belt Conference tournament championship, the fifth-ranked Columbus State University baseball team was selected as the top seed and host of the NCAA Southeast Regional. The NCAA Tournament field was announced during the selection show Sunday night.

The Cougars (42-12) are the No. 1 seed in the Southeast Regional and will host the seven-team tournament beginning on Thursday. CSU will have a bye in the opening round before playing its first game on Friday at 3 p.m. at Burger King Stadium at Ragsdale Field.

Baseball Champions

Columbus State will meet the winner of fourth-seeded USC Aiken and fifth-seeded Tusculum. Both teams received at-large bids into the tournament. PBC runner-up and second-seeded Lander will take on Conference Carolinas tournament champion and seventh-seeded Mount Olive, while third-seeded Belmont Abbey will match up against South Atlantic Conference tournament champ and sixth-seeded Catawba.

"This is obviously very special for us," head coach Greg Appleton said. "These guys have had an outstanding year and put themselves in good position to earn this host spot.

"We have to make sure that we aren't just satisfied with being the host though. We still have goals that we want to accomplish."

For Columbus State, the NCAA selection is the 25th in the program's storied history. The 25 appearances are the seventh most among all Division II programs.

The Cougars were last in the NCAA Tournament in 2014, getting to the Southeast Regional final before falling to Lander.

Columbus State completed its sweep of the PBC Championships on Sunday with a 9-4 win over Lander. The victory marked just the second time that the Cougars took home the conference's regular season and tournament title.

Complete information about the NCAA Southeast Regional is available on the tournament page.