Allen Bridge, ‘Doah Staff Writer
April 2, 2014
Without being able to hold a real practice on their field, the SU baseball team would not let the weather stop them as they have started the season off strong with a record of 17-4 and climbing up the ABCA poll to number 26 in the nation.
“The weather has been a big curveball this season. We didn’t have a single practice on our field before a game. Luckily we were able to use the turf and a portable mound for a little over an hour a day to get ready for the beginning of the season. Clearly this wasn’t an ideal situation but we worked with what we had and luckily we could use the turf to get ready. The weather has also cancelled a lot of the early games making the back half of our schedule packed. There was a stretch where we had 16 games in 11 days with JV and Varsity combined. This is where I believe the weather has affected us the most. Having so many games in such a short amount of time takes a beating on your body,” said senior first baseman Dan Powers.
With the back half of the schedule loaded with games, it was important for the Hornets to get off to a good start early in the season. The SU baseball team did just that winning their first five games of the season before dropping one to Gallaudet University.
“We have to build on what we’ve done thus far. The start of the season was good but the second half of the year will determine if we are good enough to make conference finals, regionals, and the World Series. Any time you’re ranked in the top 25 teams in the nation you have to be pleased with the start of the season, however, we are by no means content with where we are. We have yet to have a game where all three phases (pitching, hitting, and defense) have been great. We have had individual games where each one has been great but we have yet to play a game where all three have been outstanding,” said Powers.
The baseball team has a used a mixture of quality pitching, power hitting, and strong defense to control games in their favor including in their last game which resulted in a win against Franklin & Marshall where the team set a new school record for home runs in a game with six. Junior third baseman Michael Paul hit two home runs, junior outfielder Corbin Lucas had one, senior catcher Joe Bittner had one, Powers hit one, and junior second baseman JJ McDaniel hit one respectively.
“This is one of the best teams I’ve ever played for. Our team comradery is second to none; everyone would go above and beyond for the man next to him and that’s a sign of a great team. Once we become more consistent I’m excited to see where this team can go,” said Powers.
The Hornets will look to continue the strong start to the season and build on their impressive record. Their next game is Sunday March 30 at Virginia Wesleyan College where the two teams will play in a double header.