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Baseball Team Prepares for Season

The men's baseball season began Feb.16.

Photo credit: Derrick Sloboda

The men's baseball season began Feb.16.
Written by: Communicator StaffFebruary 27, 2018

Written by: Emily Anderson

The 2018 baseball season began on Feb. 16 when the Mastodons played in Huntsville, Alabama against Alabama A&M. With fifty-one games on their schedule, the team will travel to ten states this season.

“Our focus this fall has been spent improving our ability to score more runs offensively, prevent the opponent from scoring runs, and improving our team culture,” said Bobby Pierce, head coach of men’s baseball. “We’ve spent an entire fall semester and the first month and a half of the spring semester preparing for our season. I hope our student athletes can harness their excitement and anxiousness and simply play at their abilities in the season opener.”

For the fifth consecutive season, the opening game will be at Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Alabama.

“This coming weekend, with us going to Alabama, will be the first test and feedback on how well we’ve prepared thus far. Whether our preseason efforts will be rewarded with wins or losses is somewhat irrelevant,” said Pierce. “Alabama will be our starting point on our journey and what mid-season adjustments we must focus on to improve and qualify for the conference tournament.”

The weekend after playing four games in Alabama, the Mastodons will travel to Little Rock, Arkansas for four more. Next, they’ll travel to Murray, Kentucky from March 2 to March 4 to play three games.

The following weekend, from March 9 to March 11, they will stay close to home to play three games in Indianapolis. On Mar. 13, they’ll play just one game in Bowling Green, Ohio, then the Summit League season will then begin with three games in Omaha, Nebraska.

03-24 vs Omaha G1 Aaron Suozzi (138)“Offensively, we have a lot of athletic, skilled, and flexible parts that will make for a competitive environment internally, as our position players compete for playing time amongst themselves and hopefully collectively they will pressure the opponent for 27 outs,” Pierce said.

Damian Help, president of the Fort Wayne Student-Athlete Leadership Team, has taken a leading role, along with Brandon Phelps and Shane Odzark, on the team’s pitching staff, Pierce said.