Columbus State’s miraculous run through the NCAA Regionals and subsequently, the College World Series, came to a close as they fell by just one run to Augustana in the Division II National Championship, by a final score of 3-2.
They laid it on opponents early in the College World Series, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 14-1 in the first two games, before finally hitting their first road block in the semifinals, when they’d lose their first game. The Cougars would bounce back with a win in order to face Augustana (52-9) in the National Championship. Augustana would carry a no-hitter into the fifth inning before the Cougars would get their first hit of the game and their first home run of the College World Series to tie the game up at two a piece. That would be all Columbus State would get as Augustana pitching would retire 12 of the Cougars’ last 13 batters and tack on one run to finish with a 3-2 victory in Cary, N.C.
The Cougars, who were in a regional with the top two ranked teams in the nation, emerged as the winner and turned heads with their impressive performance in the College World Series. The team finishes the 2018 campaign with a record of 48-15.