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Valdosta State's hitting machine

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Valdosta, GA (WALB) -

The Valdosta State baseball team was excited about adding the pitching arm of Junior College transfer Matt Costello this year. So far not much of the excitement is about his pitching, it's all about his bat. Matt Costello is leading the Blazers as their designated hitter.

Castello is usually one of the last Blazers to finish baseball practice.

"I knew I was in a little bit of a slump but obviously I didn't think I would be able to break out the way I did" said Castello.

Matt transferred to Valdosta State as a pitcher but now he's pulling double duty.

"Matt's a special player. His junior college coach told me he could swing the bat well" said VSU head coach Greg Guilliams.

 Castello's junior college coach was right. Matt is leading the team in batting average at .509, fourth in all of division two.

"I used to always hit real crouched down, real low. I was never really a patient hitter. Our coaches taught me to relax and take a few more pitches and look to the middle of the field and try to stay inside the ball and that's definitely been working for me" said Castello.

"It doesn't matter if its a right handed pitcher, a left handed pitcher, a guy with velocity. Matt has shown that he can hit pretty much anyone we face" said coach Guilliams.

Coach Gulliams had never even seen Matt play before he came to VSU.

"We always felt he had the ability to do it to be able to do this for this long is more than you could ask of any player" said Guilliams.

The Blazers are hoping that their pitcher and hitting phenom can lead them all the way to the college world series.

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