CSU Baseball’s Horne, Latta Earn PBC Weekly Awards


After being key components in the Columbus State University baseball team’s three-game sweep over Augusta, Bryson Horne and Jalen Latta were honored by the Peach Belt Conference on Monday.

Horne was named the PBC Player of the Week for the second time this season while Latta grabs his second Pitcher of the Week honor of his career.

One of the league’s leading hitters this season, Horne went 9-for-14 at the plate against Augusta over the weekend with two home runs, including a grand slam in CSU’s 8-0 win in the series opener on Saturday morning. The junior was accountable for driving in 11 of Columbus State’s 26 runs over the series as the Blountstown, Fla. native picked up at least two RBIs in all three games.

After capping off a doubleheader sweep on Saturday with a 3-for-6 performance, Horne exploded on Sunday going a perfect 4-for-4 with five RBIs, including hitting a three-run homer to help CSU rally from a 5-1 deficit to win 9-5.

For the week, he finished with a .706 on-base percentage and 15 total bases. Horne is currently second in the PBC in batting average (.429) and total bases (56), third in slugging percentage (.727) and on-base percentage (.511) and fourth in homers (6) and RBIs (28).

Continuing his dominant run on the hill, Latta improved to 4-0 on the season after one of the best starts of his Cougar career. The senior tossed seven shutout innings while allowing just one hit as the Cougars won his fourth straight start. He had his best stuff working, racking up a career-high 12 strikeout up his season total to 47 , the fourth-most in the PBC. Early on, Latta was in the zone as seven of the first 10 outs he recorded were via a strikeout while sitting down 10 Jags in a row at one point.

Over the last four starts, the lefty has a 0.93 ERA in 29 innings of work with 31 strikeouts. In 2020, Latta has limited opponents to a .207 average and holds an impressive 1.03 WHIP. He leads the PBC in innings pitched (40) and is fourth in strikeouts (47), and seventh in ERA (2.25).

Columbus State is riding a 10-game winning streak and is off to a 17-3 record, including an 11-1 mark in conference play. The Cougars continue to rise in the national polls coming in at 11th in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.

CSU will host No. 23 West Georgia at Ragsdale Field at Burger King Stadium on Wednesday, March 11. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.  

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