April 12, 2012

Columbus State Inducts Four Into Hall of Fame

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Columbus – Columbus State Hall of Fame president Scott Miller welcomed Brian Baker, Brad Bouras, Clete Cole and Steve Horne into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday night in a ceremony held inside the Lumpkin Center. 

"Tonight was such a great event that brought back some of the greatest CSU athletes of all-time," said Miller. "The 2012 class is really one that stands out for their great achievements on the [baseball] diamond and on the [golf] course." 

Baker, a Columbus native, was both a starting pitcher and closer for the CSU baseball team during his career.  He was named an All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association during his junior and senior campaigns in 2004 and 2005.  As a freshman, in 2002, the right-hander was named MVP of the NCAA Division II College World Series as he led the Cougars to a National Championship that season.  He was a three-time All-Peach Belt Conference player (2002, 2004 & 2005) and also guided his team to another World Series appearance in 2004.  Baker is the school’s all-time leader in appearances (98), strikeouts (308), and saves (22) while ranking fifth in wins (27) and complete games (12).  He is also sixth in innings pitched (310.1) and ERA (2.58).  All those marks rank in the top-10 all-time in the PBC record book except his win total which is tied for the 11th best tally.   

Primarily a first baseman during his tenure at CSU, Bouras garnered NCAA All-American honors in 2000 and 2001 by the American Baseball Coaches Association.  He was a four-time All-Peach Belt Conference player as well as the PBC Freshman of the Year in 1998 and the PBC Player of the Year in 2000.  The Lilburn native put an assault on the offensive record books ranking first all-time in CSU history in homeruns (63), runs batted in (255), hits (303), doubles (55), runs scored (230), extra base hits (125), walks (152) and total bases (561).  His .378 batting average is the third best mark for a former Cougar while playing in the eighth most games (208) at Columbus State.  Bouras’ career totals in homeruns, runs scored, runs batted in and total bases is also tops in Peach Belt history and he places fifth and 11th in hits and doubles, respectively. 

Cole made an immediate impact on the men’s golf program as he finished 16th individually at the 1988 National Tournament and was named an All-American ushering the Cougars to a third place finish during his freshman campaign.  In his final two seasons at CSU, he helped the team finish second overall at the NCAA Championship while winning the individual National Championship in 1991. 

Horne was a four year starter at shortstop during his playing career at Columbus College.  He hit .359 in 1975 and had a career batting average of .304.  He was an All-District NAIA and All-South Atlantic Conference player in 1974 and 1975.  He was named team captain in 1975 as well as team MVP in 1975 and 1976.  He holds the CSU record for most consecutive games played which stands at 153.  His record for consecutive hits (10), set in 1975, stood for 35 years.  At the end of his playing career, he held ten CSU baseball records including games played (198), runs scored (174), doubles (40), stolen bases (40), triples (11), longest hitting streak, and hits (73) in a season. 

*Pictured above from left to right is Brad Bouras, Meredith Baker, Steve Horne and Clete Cole.*

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