20 in 20 Voting Closes - Game 20 to Be Announced Jan.8
Thanks to the hundreds of PBC fans who voted for the 20 Games in 20 Years. The voting has now closed and results are being tabulated. Game #20 will kick off our five-month celebration of the PBC's 20th Anniversary on Jan. 8.
Thank you again for helping the Peach Belt Conference celebrate our 20th Anniversary! These were the 39 finalists.
20 Games - 20 Years
1____Columbus State vs.
Kennesaw State, May 18, 2002 - NCAA Regional Championship
Game, CSU defeates KSU 13-11 in 10 innings.
Submitter Comments: It was a 4 team Peach Belt regional. CSU was down 7-1 going into the top of the 8th. if CSU won, we go to the World series, if we lose we had to play a deciding game. Andrew Ginther laced a 3-run double to right give csu an 8-7 lead. KSU tied the game at 8 in the bottom of the 8th. KSU loaded the bases with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. Brian Baker struck out the cleanup hitter looking to end the inning. In the top of the 10th, CSU’s Shawn Sewell hit the go-ahead grand slam to give CSU a 12-8 lead. In the bottom of the 10th, KSU scored 3 to make it 13-11, but Baker got a ground out to end it and send CSU to the world Series, where they won their 1st Championship.
Submitter Comments: Neither team scored in the ninth inning, setting up a memorable 10th inning. Ladd Hammnond led off with a single and ended up at third after a throwing error. Pittmon was intentionally walked to load the bases. Chad McConnell then beat out an infield single to score a run and leave the bases loaded. Pinch-hitter Jay Bayer struck out for the second out, bringing up Sewell. The Cougar center fielder, not known for his power, hit a shot those around CSU will not soon forget as he launched a grand slam to right field, putting CSU up 13-8.
Kennesaw State did not go quietly, however. With two outs, Ryan Apple doubled in a run, Lloyd Turner scored on a balk, and Dustin Atkinson singled home another run to make it 13-11. After a Josh Pellior double put the tying runs at second and third, Bryan Baker coerced a grounder to first base for the final out and CSU won the regional championship.
The Cougars went on to win the 2002 Division II National Championship.
Other Information: Columbus State scores seven in the top of the eighth, getting two runs from bases-loaded walks, Ginthrer’s three-run double and two RBI singles. KSU made three pitching changes in that inning alone, using five in the game. Shawn Sewell’s grand slam in the 10th was the only home run in the game.
2____Armstrong Atlantic State vs. USC Aiken, May 13, 2007 - AASU defeats USC Aiken 5-2, PBC Tournament Championship game
Submitter Comments: Freshman Blake Culberson hurls a complete-game seven-hitter, striking out five, as AASU wins its first-ever PBC Tournament championship with a 5-2 win over USC Aiken, capping a Championships Sunday that saw the Pirates play 22 innings in one day.
Other Information: The longest day any PBC baseball team has had at a tournament began on Saturday night with a game against USCA that had to be called due to fog rolling in. The two teams finished Sunday morning, in 12 innings, a game AASU lost, forcing them to the consolation game against nationally-ranked Columbus State which they won 5-2 to force the rematch with Aiken.
3_____Lander vs. Columbus State, March 6, 1994
- Lander d. Columbus State 76-74; PBC Tournament Championship
Submitter Comments: Lander won its first Peach Belt Conference tournament and earned its first berth into the NCAA tournament when it defeated Columbus State, 76-74, in the championship in Augusta, Ga. Bill Hanford led the way with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Lander, which finished 5-24 the season before, fought back from a 64-60 deficit and sealed the win when Greg Gibson got a steal and a layup with 1:12 left in the game.
Other Comments: Lander led by as many as 16 in the first half before CSU came back to take the lead with 9:50 to go in the second. Said Lander coach Finis Horne: “I’m just glad to be here. It’s been twenty-six long years to get to be league champions.”
4_____North Florida vs. Augusta State, Dec. 12, 1998 - Augusta State d. North Florida 124-120 (2ot)
Submitter Comments: After years of futility, this game marked a turnaround for the ASU men’s basketball program which finished 5-23 a season earlier. Senior guard Kavossy Franklin (who transferred into ASU for his one and only season) scored 49 (I think) points to lead the Jaguars -- I think it was a school record for points in a game, not sure if it was a PBC record). ASU later went onto grab a share of the regular season conference title and lost in the PBC championship game.
Other Comments: Kavossy hit 21 of 22 free throws as part of his 49 points, which still stands as the record for most points scored in a conference game. The match also holds PBC records for most free throws made & attempted (Kavossy), combined points, free throws made & attempted (ASU - 45-61) and personal fouls. The score was tied at 101 at the end of regulation. Both teams shot over 52% from the field.
5_____Clayton State vs. Columbus State, Jan. 13, 1999 - Clayton State d. Columbus State 119-116
Submitter Comments: In a three over-time thriller, the Lakers defeat the Cougars on a Charlie Frazier three-pointer! With the game clock winding down, Frazier’s three capped a very uncommon regular season three over-time game.
Other Comments: Five Lakers and six Cougars scored in double figures. Clayton State was led by Robert Conley’s 39 points and nine rebounds. Louis Maulvi scored 23 with 10 rebounds and five assists for CSU. Score tied at 71 following regulation, with both teams putting up 15 in the first OT and 14 in the second. Clayton State scored 19 in the third OT.
6_____Lander vs. GCSU, March 5, 1999 - NCAA South Atlantic Regional Semifinals - Lander d. GCSU 49-46
Submitter Commnents: Chipper Bagwell, Lander Head Coach - GCSU hosted the regionals in March 1999. Lander was the 5th seed and played the opening night while GCSU sat in the stands and watched. Only six teams went to the regionals back then. We played Catawba in the opening round and pulled away to win by 12. The next night, we played GCSU on theor home court before a packed house. We split with them during the season and in the semi’s of the PBC Tournament. The game was really close with Lander leading at the half by 3 points. We came out hot in the second half and built up an 11 point lead with 15:31 to go in the game. GCSU slowly came back with the crowd really getting behind them. They took the leadwith 2:43. It was tied with 1:36 and Lander’s David Lobaja made 2 free throws at the 1:10 mark. Lloyd Wilson made 2 free throws with 4 seconds left to wrap up the win; Lloyd had missed a free throw seconds earlier and got his own rebound and was fouled and made the free throws to give Lander a 3 point win. On to the finals the next night and beat Winston Salem State and was the first Peach Belt team to advance to the Elite Eight in Louisville, Ky. That game was an unbelievable college basketball game. The packed house that night created a great atmosphere in which to play.
7_____USC Aiken vs. Augusta State, Jan. 19, 2000 - USCA d. ASU 74-73 (ot)
Submitter Commnents: With 0:02 showing on the clock, USCA inbounded the ball to sophomore Michael Tyler who took one dribble and launched a 55-foot prayer that found nothing but the bottom of the net sending the USCA bench and fans into a frenzy while more importantly sending the game into overtime. The overtime period would provide an encore to Tyler’s end of regulation heroics. Down one with 0:05 remaining, Corey Faggins drove the length of the floor, pulled up from just inside the three-point line, and nailed the 16-foot game winner as time expired. Only two seconds earlier, it was ASU’s Oliver Ottley who drilled a three-pointer on the baseline with a defender in his face to give his Jaguars a one-point edge with 0:07 to play.
Other Comments: The Pacers committed a season-low eight turnovers and hit 13-of-18 from the charity stripe (72.2 percent). Faggins led all scorers with 22 points. Tyler poured in 17 points to go with five rebounds off the bench for the Pacers. The Jaguars were led by Demetric Taylor’s 19 points and seven rebounds. Festus Hawkins posted the game’s only double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. ASU held a whopping 43-22 advantage on the boards.
8_____GCSU vs. Columbus State, March 11, 2000 - NCAA South Atlantic Region Final - GCSU d. CSU 68-62
Submitter Commnents: GCSU and Columbus State squared off for the right to represent the Peach Belt Conference in the Elite Eight in Louisville. The game featured CSU head coach Herbert Greene and his former player, now coach at GCSU, Terry Sellers. The two had to play each other at least twice per year, and they never liked it because they were close friends. Anyway, the only think I remember about it is Mike Jones going nuts for GCSU with 22 points and I think GCSU hit a bunch of free throws down the stretch - I think a bunch were by underclassmen Chris Nelson, who was NOT a good free throw shooter. GCSU won 70-64. I just know it was a great matchup between two very good teams.
Other Comments: GCSU trailed by 17 in the first half but outscored CSU 39-25 in the second half. Jones had 22 and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats while five Cougars scored in double figures. GCSU advanced to their first (and, to date, only) Elite Eight.
9_____USC Aiken vs. North Florida, Feb. 27, 2002 - PBC Tournament First Round - USCA d. UNF 92-91 (ot)
Submitter Commnents: USC-Aiken’s Clint Keown hit for a tournament record 42 pts in this opening round PBC tournament game - I believe he hit five consecutive three pointers - 4 in the last 1:40 of regulation and one to start the overtime period - as he brought the Pacers back from a significant deficit and led them to victory over the Ospreys 92-91. I have been watching PBC athletics for twelve years and Keown (while only playing one year of PBC basketball) was the most exciting PBC performer I have witnessed over the years.
Other Comments: Keown went 10-for-17 from three-point range as USCA outscored UNF 47-36 in the second half, setting a record for three-pointers made. UNF head coach Matt Killcullen said after the game “One kid defied the odds...that’s as good a performance as I’ve seen by any player.”
10_____Armstrong Atlantic State vs. Francis Marion, March 5, 2004 - PBC Tournament Quarterfinals - AASU d. FMU 72-69
Submitter Commnents: AASU’s Jason Sanders hit an off-balance three-pointer at the final buzzer to give the Pirates a 72-69 win over fifth-ranked Francis Marion in the quarterfinals fo the 2004 PBC Tournament in Augusta. According to FMU AD Murray Hartzler, then PBC commisioner Marvin Vanover called it “one of the most intense games” he had ever seen. AASU (21-8) led 48-43 at halftime as the two squads combined to hit 14-of-22 three-pointers in the opening half. Senior Mike Buglione led Francis Marion (25-3) with 21 points, including 6-of-9 from three-point range. Brian Bain led AASU with 24 points. Defense was the name of the game in the second stanza. FMU rallied to go ahead. Bain tied the game at 69-69 on a free throw with 8 seconds left. His second-shot miss was a long rebound and Buglione grabbed the ball on the sidelines but his foot was on the line with 5.4 ticks left. Following a timeout, Sanders took the inbounds pass, drove to his left, and launched the game winner. The two teams would meet eight days later in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and this time Sanders would miss a potential game-winning three at the buzzer allowing FMU to advance.
11_____Clayton State vs. Kennesaw State, March 6, 2004 - PBC Tournament Semifinals - KSU d. Clayton State 43-39
Submitter Commnents: Lowest scoring, most exciting basketball game that I’ve ever witnessed. Kennesaw State won 43-39. Every posession was war, and I was exhausted just watching. Kennesaw went on to win National Championship that year.
Other Comments: Kennesaw State, who won their three Elite Eight games by an average of 15.3 ppg, faced their toughest test and were held to a season-low point total in this game. KSU made four free throws in the final 26.2 seconds to win. Clayton held KSU to six first-half field goals, while KSU held Clayton to six second-half field goals. Clayton led 22-16 at the half. Every possession and shot were contested, but the game was not a foul-fest with a combined 33 personals called and 27 free throws taken.
12_____Clayton State vs. Kennesaw State, Feb. 23, 2005 - Clayton State d. Kennesaw State 75-70 (2ot)
Submitter Commnents: The # 2 Nationally ranked Owls visited cross-town rival Clayton State. After a horrid first half, the Lakers trailed big at the half. A strong second half run saw the Lakers cut into the Owl lead but still trailed by 4 with under a minute to go in regulation. The Lakers hit two HUGE three-point baskets tying the game at the buzzer. In the over-time, the Lakers prevail over the Owls 75-70 in front of a rowdy and loud crowd.
Other Comments: Kennesaw State won the national championship in 2004. B.J. Puckett led Clayton State with 16 points and eight rebounds. KSU’s Georgy Joseph had 18 points and 16 boards.
13_____Clayton State vs. USC Aiken, March 9, 2008 - PBC Tournament Championship Game - Clayton d. USCA 89-87 (3ot)
Submitter Comments: The longest game to win a PBC Tournament, USC Aiken battled back from an eight-point halftime deficit to force overtime. Both exhausted teams managed only nine points in the first OT, four in the second, but Clayton State’s Michael Sloan hit a baseline jumper with 2.7 seconds left. That win propelled Clayton State to the NCAA Tournament and gave the PBC four teams in the regional for the first time ever.
Other Comments: Clayton State’s first tournament title. Bernard Fields scored 20 while Will Lewis added 18 and Sloan 16 for the Lakers. Kingsley Oguchi scored 24 for the Pacers. USCA was down 14 with 7:31 left to play.
14_____USC Aiken vs. Armstrong Atlantic State, March 7, 2009 - PBC Tournament Semifinal - USCA d. AASU 90-87 (4ot)
Submitter Comments (samples): “The first four-overtime game in the history of the PBC Tournament featured 18 lead changes and 14 ties between the No. 17-ranked Pacers and the No. 23-ranked Pirates. “ “4 Overtimes left even the avid sports fan exhausted from the excitement and hoarse from screaming. Players left it all on the floor and gave fans a game of epic proportion which rightfully makes this game a top 20 Game of all time!” “4 overtimes!!!!!!!! two teams played hard till the end great dunks great shots march madness at the d2 level” “If I remember correctly, no one fouled out or maybe one person fouled out, which is pretty remarkable for a 4 ot game.” “End of regulation & each overtime was breathtaking & could have gone either way. The caliber of play & the coaching from both squads was outstanding. A great game for the spectators.” “The intensity and emotion shown on the floor by the two teams was unsurpassed.” AASU head coach Jeff Burkhamer: “4 Overtime game. Just a great game. Both teams played well. Both teams had chances to win. Each overtime featured great endings. Certainly one of the best games I’ve been involved in over a 25 year coaching career.”
Other Comments: AASU had the ball at the end of each extra session, but was unable to convert the game-winning shot, while USCA’s 6-7 senior forward Brian Egwuatu blocked potential game-winning attempts at the end of the first two overtime periods. Josh Dollard made one of two free throws with seven seconds left in the final overtime period, allowing the Pirates a chance to force extra session No. 5, but Brian Tolbert’s three-point attempt from the right wing was just off the mark as the final horn sounded.
15_____Augusta State vs. USC Aiken, Mach 8, 2009 - PBC Tournament Championship Game - ASU d. USCA 65-64
Submitter Comments: After playing a 4 overtime game the night before USCA battles with Augusta State in the final only to come up 1 point short when Cody Ballard’s jump shot at the end of regulation bounced off the rim.
Other Comments: ASU was ranked #5, USCA #17 nationally in the final. The game had 11 ties and 13 lead changes with neither team leading by more than six at any point. 11 lead changes in second half alone. ASU’s Ben Madgen hits two free throws with 1:25 to play, the final points scored. USCA’s Chris Commons missed a three-pointer with 55 second left while Ballard missed his drive with under 10 second left. Madgen scores 23 and is named tournament MVP.
16_____USC Upstate vs. Columbus State, March 6,
1994 - PBC Tournament Championship Game - Upst. d. CSU
Submitter Comments: After a 3-pointer put Columbus up with 30 seconds left, PBC Freshman of the Year Meridith Sisson hit a layup eight seconds later to give USCS its first PBC title. The Lady Rifles were the league champs and Columbus finished second, so it was a battle of the titans of the conference as well, with only USCS earning a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Other Comments: No team led by more than three points over the final 14 minutes. CSU’s April Haskins hit a three-pointer with 37 seconds left to give CSU a 60-59 lead. CSU’s Katie Otis was named tournament MVP, one of three tournament MVPs to not play on the winning team. Said Jay Sparks “You couldn’t have asked for any better of a championship game.”
17_____GCSU vs. Kennesaw State, March 1, 1997 - PBC Tournament Championship Game - KSU beats GCSU 78-77
Submitter Comments: For the second year in a row, arch-rivals Georgia College and Kennesaw State would meet in the championship game of the tournament on the (then) Lady Colonials home floor. GCSU won the previous year 55-52 over the Lady Owls. KSU won this one 78-77. KSU hit some big free throws at the end. What made this game great is you had two of the best players the conference had seen at that point with KSU’s Joan Cuprys, who was as tall as a post player, but was the best three point shooter in the conference, and GC’s center Tamarra Brown, who if she had not had several injuries in her short two year career, may have gone down as one of the best ever. The most memorable part of the game for me was right before halftime. A GC player had dove for a loose ball near the baseline and went flying into the second row of seats with the ball. The ball was awarded to KSU, but another GC player had gone into the stands to help her fallen teammate. The official however allowed KSU to inbound and the Owls got an uncontested layup (while GC had 3 players on the floor) and I think KSU took a one point lead going into the locker room. Coach Carrick still fumes about that play more than a decade later! Just a great game from tip to buzzer between two big rivals that had some knock-down, drag out games going back to their days as NAIA rivals. Still one of the best women’s basketball games I’ve ever seen.
Other Comments: Sarah McAllister sank two free throws with 3.4 seconds left to win. KSU was 28-1 following the game with their first PBC tournament title. Cuprys scored 29 with 10 boards for KSU. Said John Carrick after the game “ It was women’s collegiate basketball at its best.”
18_____Francis Marion vs. Columbus State, March 11, 2000 - NCAA South Atlantic Region Final - CSU d. FMU 101-99 (ot)
Submitter Comments: Columbus State defeated Francis Marion 101-99 in overtime in the finals of the NCAA II South Atlantic Regional (i.e. a Sweet 16 game). The game was tied 45-45 at halftime and 85-85 at the end of regulation. Both teams made 27 free throws and 8 three-pointers. CSU made 33 field goals to FMU’s 32. CSU had 41 rebounds to FMU’s 40, and each team blocked two shots. Guard Christy Wright led Francis Marion with a career-high 39 points, while regional tournament MVP Kinesha Harden paced the Lady Cougars with 24 points.
The excitement, the crowd, the situation, the great teams
involved, the competition, and the respect each team had for the
other all came into play. Awesome game and I was happy to be a
small part of it.
Other Comments: Neither team led by more than six after halftime. FMU’s Chiffonia Adderson sent the game to overtime with a jumper with 16 seconds left. CSU led by seven with 1:05 left in overtime but FMU went on a 12-7 run over the next 60 seconds, capped by a Jennifer Brabson three-pointer with five seconds left. But FMU would not get another possession and lost by two. Both teams shot over 45% in the game with FMU hitting 90% (27-30) from the line.
19_____GCSU vs. North Florida, March 2, 2002 - PBC Tournament Championship Game - GCSU d. UNF 68-66
Submitter Comments: This was the conf championship and Ga College’s Larkin Cleaveland hit the game winning shot, and an NCCA berth on spot, with no time on the clock . The game was well played by 2 very good teams and I refereed many women’s game in this league and this by far the best game I was ever involved in. The newspaper had a picture of the shot in the air showing 00 on the clock. A classic game.
Other Comments: UNF tied the game at 66 on a jumper from Natalie Hicks with 35 seconds to play. GCSU missed their first attempt at winning the game, but Adrienne Tucker’s offensive rebound with six seconds left set up the winning by Cleaveland. UNF led by as many as 15 in the first half. GCSU was the S4 seed and became the first team to win four PBC tournament games to claim a championship and knocked off both #1 seeds, including UNF. Said Larkin Cleaveland afterwards: “I knew it went in because the whole team jumped on me.”
20_____Armstrong Atlantic State vs. Columbus State, March 9, 2003 - PBC Tournament Championship Game - AASU d. CSU 56-55
Submitter Comments: AASU’s Tishay Lewis, the PBC’s Player of the Year, hits a three-point shot with 6.3 seconds remaining to give the Lady Pirates a 56-55 victory over Columbus State in the 2003 PBC Championship Game in Columbus, earning the Lady Pirates their first-ever tournament title and first-ever trip to the NCAA Championships. Columbus State and Armstrong Atlantic had shared the regular season title and had split their 2 meetings--each winning on their home courts. Columbus was a perennial power in the PBC while Armstrong Atlantic had never won a championship, was appearing in only its 2nd championship game, and had won only 11 games the previous season. During my 8 years in the Peach Belt, this was the greatest game I was ever involved with or saw--men or women (Hodge).
Other Comments: The game was the first PBC contest ever televised as it was shown tape-delayed on CSS and sent AASU to their first NCAA Tournament. Both teams were 27-3 following the game and were PBC co-Champions in the regular season. CSU’s Isha Little missed two free throws with 14 seconds left. Lewis was named tournament MVP with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals in the game. CSU head coach Jay Sparks: “What can you say about a game like that when you get beat by a last-second shot with six seconds left?” AASU head coach Roger Hodge: “It was an incredible basketball game between two incredible teams.”
21_____GCSU vs. Francis Marion, March 4, 2006 - PBC Tournament Championship Game - GCSU d. FMU 89-83 (2ot)
Comments: Fifth-seeded GCSU beat sixth-seeded Francis Marion in the first double-overtime championship game in PBC history. The game had 26 lead changes and 18 ties. GCSU outscored FMU 12-6 in the second OT as tournament MVP LaWanna Leon hit a three-pointer with 2:43 to play that gave the Lady Bobcats a lead they would not surrender. FMU’s Brittany Young hit one of two free throws with three seconds left in the first OT to keep the game going. GCSU’s Lindsey Smith hit two free throws with nine seconds in regulation for a two-point lead, only to have Young score on a running layup with five seconds left to send the game to OT. Leon scored 31 with 20 rebounds while FMU’s Danielle Moore had 31 with nine boards and six steals. The only PBC Tournament game ever with 30+ point scorers on both teams.
22_____Francis Marion vs. Columbus State, Feb. 10, 2008 - CSU d. FMU 113-108 (2ot)
Submitter Comments: The game was close thoughout. They went back and forth i believe the biggest lead was five points. Very few errors. It was just one of those games...
Other Comments: The highest-scoring PBC game ever played (conference or non-conference) with 221 combined points. The two combined for 74 field goals, 58 free throws and 117 rebounds. CSU tied a PBC-only game record with 113 points scored. From the CSU release: “That the game even got to the second overtime was miraculous for the Patriots. Brittany Young missed a three pointer in the final seconds and fell to the floor. Teammate Yasmean Dixon grabbed the long rebound and flipped it right back to Young just as she got back on her feet, and Young fired a shot to beat the horn by milliseconds that banked in for the game-tying shot, forcing the second extra period.” FMU’s Jennifer Dyer scored 37 points while CSU’s Ashley Safford scored 30.
Men's Cross Country
23_____2000 PBC Championships
Submitter Comment: The closest men’s cross country championship ever, North Florida edged out Kennesaw State 39-41. UNF’s Zephernius Joseph won the race in 25:25, the second-fastest PBC race run to that point, a full 30 seconds ahead of KSU’s Jari Venalainen. UNF placed runners in first, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th while KSU’s runners were 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 22nd.
Women's Cross Country
24_____1991 PBC Championships
Submitter Comment: The very first PBC women’s cross country championship turned out to be among the best as Lander held off Augusta State 32-35. The two teams had nine of the top 10 runners that crossed the line with Lander finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th while Augusta State finished 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th. The third-place team had more than the combined point totals of these two. Lander’s Maria McIntosh won the race.
25_____1993 PBC Championships
Submitter Comment: The only PBC golf tournament to be decided in a playoff, Columbus State won their second of three consecutive PBC Titles when they beat USC Aiken on the first playoff hole after both teams finished tied at 611. The Pacers made up three strokes on CSU in the final round led by Brian Kassel who captured the PBC Player of the Year award (given at that time to the tournament medalist) with rounds of 73 and 75.
26_____Lander vs. USC Spartanburg, Nov. 2, 1991
- PBC Tournament Championship Game, Lander t. USCS 1-1 (LU wins in
Submitter Comment: In one of the great men’s soccer games in Peach Belt history, Lander beat USC Spartanburg on penalty kicks in the first PBC tournament championship game on Nov. 2, 1991 in Greenwood, S.C. The game ended 1-1 in regulation and after two scoreless overtimes went to PKs. In regulation, Lander’s Ashton Payne gave the then-Senators a 1-0 lead at 60:25, only to have USCS come back three minutes later and tie it 63:41 on a goal by Danny Rebuck. USCS led 3-2 on penalty kicks before missing their fourth attempt. Lander successfully kicked the next four as the Rifles missed their seventh attempt.
Other Comments: The first of an epic rivalry, Lander and USC Spartanburg (later USC Upstate) shared the first nine PBC regular-season championships. USC Spartanburg won the next four PBC Tournaments. Rebuck was the 1991 PBC Player of the Year.
27_____Clayton State vs. Francis Marion, Nov. 11, 2000 - NCAA Regional - FMU tied Clayton State 1-1 (4ot) - FMU takes PKs 5-3
Submitter Comment: Match tied 1-1. Match went 4 overtimes and had to be decided on PK’s. Francis Marion prevailed 5-3. Extremely hard fought match that lasted forever.
Other Comments: Teams played for 150 minutes before going to the penalty kicks. Both teams were making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearances. FMU keeper Mike Frazee stopped Clayton State’s second PK attempt. Ricardo Montoya scored FMU’s first goal in regulation in the second half, but Clayton tied it six minutes later on a goal from Michael Lynch.
28_____Clayton State vs. North Florida, Nov. 8,
2002 - PBC Tournament Semifinals - Clayton ties UNF 0-0
(Clayton advances on PKs)
Submitter Comment: This PBC Women’s Soccer Tournament Semi-Final match-up featured the Lakers vs the Ospreys at Kennesaw. The Lakers provided a valient effort against the Ospreys, a team that they had never defeated. After finishing regulation and over-times still tied 0-0, the Lakers prevail after EIGHT penalty kicks!
Other Comments: Each team made three of their first five PK attempts before advancing to sudden death. Each made their first shot before a UNF player pulled a shot wide. Clayton State’s Zuly Olivo scored the final PK for the win. Both teams had opportunities with UNF hitting the crossbar of an empty goal and Clayton State missing wide after the keeper had come out.
29_____Kennesaw State vs. North Florida, Nov. 16, 2002 - NCAA South Atlantic Regional Championship - UNF tied KSU 1-1 (UNF wins on PKs 5-4)
Submitter Comment: Kennesaw State, in their first year of having a women’s soccer team, reached the NCAA regional final where they fought North Florida to a 1-1 tie. The two teams then went through eight rounds of penalty kicks before UNF won the regional 5-4. Valerie McEvoy had the game-winner.
30_____Clayton State vs. Columbus State, Nov. 5, 2005 - PBC Tournament Championship Game - Clayton d. CSU 2-1 (ot)
Submitter Comments: The Lakers, having won the PBC Regular Season Championship, played PBC Women’s Soccer Tournament hosts Columbus State in the championship game. In an over-time thriller, the Lakers prevail 2-1!
Other Comments: Clayton State’s Nkese Udoh scored the game-winner 5:07 into the first overtime period. Clayton State led 1-0 on a Olaitan Yusuf goal, but Columbus State tied it with 11 minutes left on a goal from Brook Snyder.
31_____Armstrong Atlantic State vs. Columbus State, Oct. 29, 2006 - PBC Tournament Championship Game - AASU tied CSU 1-1 (CSU wins in PKs)
Submitter Comment: In the only PBC Women’s Soccer tournament decided in a shootout, Columbus State prevailed over Armstrong Atlantic State, 4-2, in penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 draw over 110 minutes of action. The Cougars, in just their third season of competition, battled the Pirates - in just their second year of competition - to an even stalemate; shots were 20-19 in favor of CSU with the Cougars’ Monica Sanchez making nine saves in net and AASU’s Tarra Kohler coming up with four.
32_____GCSU vs. Clayton State, Oct. 17, 2007 - GCSU d. Clayton State 5-4
Submitter Comments: At Laker field, Georgia College came into this game playing for a home field advantage seed in the upcoming PBC Tournament. The host Lakers and their Bobcat guests played an epic game with Georgia College prevailing in the end 5-4.
Other Comments: GCSU’s Beth Coughlin won the back-and-forth affair with 2:29 to play. GCSU scored the first two goals, only to be answered with 2 from the Lakers. GCSU then scored two more, with the Lakers again responding. Clayton State’s Olaitan Yusuf scored three times in the game. GCSU outshot Clayton State 18-14.
33_____Columbus State vs. Kennesaw State, May 9,
1997 - NCAA South Atlantic Regional, Elimination Game, KSU
d. CSU 3-1
Submitter Comments: game lasted four hours and 46 minutes...Each team had 16 hits and one error...KSU scored two runs in top of 17th to go ahead and then held off CSU in the bottom of the inning. One of the best and most intense softball games I have ever been a part of.
Other Comments: KSU pitcher Brenda Farrell and CSU pitcher Chera Owens both pitched all 17 innings. KSU scored in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Shannon McDough while CSU answered in the bottom of the sixth after loading the bases with two outs and getting a one-run single from Annie Greer. CSU would leave the bases loaded.
In the 11th, CSU put runners at second and third with two outs. KSU intentionally walked Julie Garcia and got Farrell escaped the inning with a groundout. KSU went down 1-2-3 in the 13th and 14th before getting a runner to second with one out in the 15th. Owens struck out the next batter and got a groundout to end the inning.
Cara Dornstauder led off the 17th with a double for Kennesaw, one of only two doubles in the game, and moved to third on a wild pitch with no outs. Julie Eggert then singled her in and later scored on an error. There were two wild pitches in the inning.
34____North Florida vs. Kennesaw State, April 11, 1999 - UNF beats Kennesaw State 4-1
Submitter Notes: (Sonya Wilmoth, UNF head coach): Prior to this game, KSU had not lost a Peach Belt game in the sport of softball in over 60+ games. This game set the stage for a great rivalry between the 2 schools that is still being played out at the DI level. Players and coaches will tell you that game day between UNF and KSU brought out the very best in everyone and at the end of the day the true meaning of competition was achieved. As a coach, I was proud to say that I coached in the Peach Belt Conference.
Other Comments: UNF referred to this game as ‘the biggest win in school history’ as Kennesaw State was ranked #1 in the nation at the time. The KSU streak was at 70 PBC games won in a row. Holly Cullom, who had pitcher a no-hitter in her previous start, gave up the one run to KSU to break a string of 34.2 consecutive scoreless innings.
35____GCSU vs. Armstrong Atlantic State, May 10, 2003 - NCAA South Atlantic Region Championship Game - GCSU d. AASU 1-0 (13)
Submitter Notes (Heather Jones, GCSU catcher): During the regular season, Georgia College traveled down to Savannah with a record of 26-0, undefeated. When Georgia College left Savannah they were 26-2. Armstrong Atlantic State University gave Georgia College their first two losses so when they faced each other during NCAA Regionals, not once but twice, the games were quite interesting. Georgia College beat Armstrong Atlantic early in the bracket and then faced them again in the finals. This was an awesome game that lasted 13 innings! The Australian pitcher from Armstrong (Delaney Warrian) and Jenn Joiner from Georgia College were in the pitching duel of their lives. Georgia College’s senior catcher went down with a broken nose earlier in the tournament so they had an inexperienced freshman catcher trying to keep pace with Jenn Joiner. This game was an absolute nail biter from start to finish. Georgia College end up getting a runner to second (I believe it was Joni Frei)and Aundrea Baker scored her in the bottom of the 13th inning. It was AMAZING! One of the greatest games I’ve ever seen or been a part of!
Other Comments: Frei led off the bottom of the 13th with a double and scored on Aundrea Baker’s single. AASU center fielder Lindsay Phillips threw out GCSU runner Kristin Hughes at the plate in the bottom of the ninth. AASU had runners on first and second in the 11th with one out, but GCSU escaped after a line-drive double play. Joiner was named region MVP after pitching 26 scoreless innings, she struck out 12 in this game. GCSU made their first trip to the DII World Series.
36_____Lander vs. Armstrong Atlantic State, April 15, 2006 - PBC Championship - AASU d. Lander 5-4
Submitter Comments: No. 7-ranked AASU and No. 11-ranked Lander met in the PBC Tournament final in 2006 - both teams were undefeated in the PBC as the two did not meet in the regular season; No. 1 singles player Davor Zink rallied from a set down to win in three sets to clinch the match; 5 1/2 hour match after AASU had played a 5-hour semifinal match beating USC Upstate, 5-4, the previous day.
37_____Columbus State vs. Francis Marion, May 9,
2009 - NCAA Southeast Sub-Regional Final - FMU d. CSU
Submitter Comments: Sophomore Jitka Gavdunova rallied from a set down to win the deciding singles match at No.3 and give seventh-ranked Francis Marion University a 5-4 win over eighth-ranked Columbus State University, Saturday afternoon (May 9) in the championship match of the NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Southeast Regional in Florence, S.C. Francis Marion improves to 20-4, its second straight 20-win season and third in the last four years, and advances to the Division II National Finals (Sweet Sixteen) in Altamonte Springs, Fla., May 13-16. Columbus State finishes its season with a 21-4 mark, with two of the losses coming at the hands of the Patriots in post-season play – Peach Belt Conference Tournament and NCAA Tournament. In doubles play, Francis Marion took a quick 1-0 lead when the 13th-ranked doubles team of Tereza Sykorova and Sabina Baberadova won 8-0 at the No.2 spot over the nation’s 19th-ranked doubles team. That advantage grew to 2-0 when the sixth-ranked duo of Gavdunova and Kristyna Horakova outlasted the 11th-ranked pair of Eva Petschnig and Lindsey Groenewald 8-6 at the No.1 position. At the third doubles spot, FMU’s Valeska Ibscher and Saskia Ludwig trailed 5-3 to CSU’s Erin Reynolds and Daniela Castillo, but rallied to take an 8-7 lead. Reynolds and Castillo fought off four match points and eventually gained the Cougars first point with a 9-8 win (9-7 in the tiebreaker). Both teams traded a pair of fairly easy wins in singles play – FMU winning in straight sets at No.5 and No.2 and CSU winning in straight sets at No.4 and No.1 – to give FMU a 4-3 match lead. Columbus State’s Reynolds then claimed a 6-4, 7-5 win over Ludwig at No.6 singles to even the match at 4-4. All eyes then turned to the No.3 singles match between the 29th-ranked Gavdunova and 37th-ranked Hanane Toumi. Toumi won the opening set 6-4, but Gavdunova held off a late rally by Toumi to win the second set 6-4. Both players held serve until Gavdunova broke Toumi in the sixth game and she went on to win the final four games to capture the decisive third set 6-2. The match took over two hours on a hot and windy afternoon. Gavdunova ups her season record to 21-1 and avenges her only loss of the year, a three-set loss to Toumi on March 18 in Florence.
38_____Francis Marion vs. North Florida, Nov. 14, 1998 - PBC Tournament Championship - FMU d. UNF 3-2
Submitter Comments: The closest PBC tournament final ever, Francis Marion beat North Florida 3-2. FMU won their second straight tournament, both times against UNF, in UNF’s first two years in the PBC. The 1998 championship was stellar as both teams finished the regular season 13-1 and co-Champions. UNF won the first set 16-14 (this was when sets were side-out, first to score 15), but FMU took the second 15-4 and the third 15-12. UNF stormed back to take the fourth 15-3 and set up a fifth set of rally scoring which FMU 15-13, the closest fifth-set score in finals history.
39_____Lander vs. Armstrong Atlantic State, Nov. 21, 2008 - NCAA Regional Tournament - AASU d. Lander 3-2
Submitter Comments: Both teams fought bravely, especially Lander University! The talent on that team was extraordinary! The Pirates would go on to capture the Southeat Region title and advance to the NCAA Elite Eight - the first Peach Belt Conference school to earn a volleyball region title.
Other Comments: Armstrong Atlantic State fought off five match points before coming back to win 17-15 in the fifth set. Lander ws up 2-0 (25-23, 25-23) before AASU won the next two (25-17, 28-26) to go to the fifth set. Lander led the fifth set 7-1 and was on the verge of victory at 14-9 before AASU fought off five match points in a row to tie it up. Torrie Bevolo had 21 kills and 26 digs while Hannah Segebart had 70 assists.