Columbus State University

CSU ranked fifth in NCAA preseason poll

The Columbus State baseball is ranked fifth in the NCAA Division II Preseason Poll released by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Defending national champion Mount Olive is ranked No. 1, followed by Tampa, Central Missouri and UC San Diego.

In addition to CSU, other Peach Belt schools ranked include No. 10 USC-Aiken, No. 17 North Georgia and No. 33 Francis Marion.

CSU finished 49-13 last season and won its first PBC regular season title since 1996 with a 19-8 conference record.

The Cougars open the 2009 season at home against West Alabama on Feb. 1.