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CSU baseball warming up, leads conference

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Columbus State baseball team looks like a different unit than they were at the start of the year.

After scoring four runs or fewer in six of their first seven games, the Cougars have not scored less than five runs in their last 10 games, including a series win over no. 6 Georgia College last weekend.

CSU took game one of that set 8-7, then dropped game two 12-5, before winning the rubber game, 11-9. The wins gave the Cougars the Peach Belt Conference Lead.

They have also earned some national attention, moving up to no. 16 in the country in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.

"It's been a big swing, really in the last month," said sophomore outfielder and LaGrange native Jackson Oliver. "Pitching really carried us early in the season, and it's been the opposite here lately. Hitting has really taken control, so hopefully we can find a balance."

Head coach Greg Appleton says the difference has been defensive, as well.

"This year we're stingier as far as giving up runs, and we're really starting to hit," Appleton said. "Things are coming around from that standpoint, and we've just been tough."

CSU is back home April 16 against Albany State. That game will be the Columbus State Autism game, where the school has partnered with Stroller Strong Moms and Uptown Columbus to promote the 1K, 5K and 10Ks that will be held April 18.

Jonathan Huskey

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