LIVINGSTON, Ala. -- The Columbus State Cougars baseball team began the 2014 season by splitting a doubleheader with West Alabama.
CSU won Game One 4-3 before falling 2-1 in Game Two.
Jimmy Obermark got things started for the Cougars in Game One by hitting a two-RBI single to center field in the second inning.
A run in the third and two in the fourth put West Alabama up 3-2, but Obermark scored on a ground ball from Dustin Averett in the fifth.
Jackson Oliver brought in another run on a ground ball in the seventh, and CSU would hand onto the 4-3 lead to pick up win No. 1 of the season.
Bryan Headley picked up the win for Columbus State in Game One. He pitched four innings and gave up no runs on three hits with two strikeouts.
Obermark went 2-3 with two RBIs and one run in the game for CSU.
Things did not go so well for the Cougars in Game Two. West Alabama scored a run in the first inning, but Columbus State tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third on a sacrifice by Blake Edawrds that brought in Hunter Bowling.
The Tigers scored again in the bottom of the inning, and this time CSU would be unable to answer.
Caden Ferguson went four innings for the Cougars. He gave up two runs on two hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
CSU (1-1) will play Tuskegee in Montgomery at Paterson Field Wednesday at 3 p.m.