Baseball team ready to take field

By Lauren Taylor


Last year’s UIW baseball team set the bar high with wins for a “practically new” team this season with only a handful of returning players.

Many of last year’s starting players finished their last year of eligibility including Matt Roohan, Daniel Qualls and Matt Flores, all previous starters.

The 2011 team had many successes such as winning the Lone Star Conference tournament after being seeded fifth before the conference tournament, an accomplishment similar to that of the team’s conference first-place win in 2010 as well. The record for the overall 2011 season for the Cardinals was 16-8, and one the team anticipates improving even more this season.

Cardinal BaseballThey have also had a couple intersquad games on the weekends so far, in order to get the players used to actually playing and competing as a team before the time comes when it actually counts.

A few of the starting players who are new to the team this year include first baseman Slade Brown, third baseman Adam Pena, shortstop Lukas Miller and catcher Zach Russell.

Returning outfielder Wilson Reuter said of the team unity this year, “We are coming together as a team a lot more now after so many practices. But game time is where you see the team really come together and rely and trust in each other, so we should be seeing that even more so in a couple of weeks.”

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