That one-hit offensive performance led second-year head coach Tim Bush to place an emphasis on hitting in the offseason, and with a deep corps of pitchers, these ‘Cats are expected to improve on last year’s 14-20 mark.
“That game stuck in all of our minds, and it’s bothered me since we left that day,” Bush said. “We’ve worked on hitting a lot more, and hopefully, it will translate on the field. Everybody says pitching and defense wins, but we found out that you have to hit, too.”
Among last year’s seniors – Hunter Allen, Zack Bridges, Zach Snodgrass, Nick Wright and Thomas Bruce – were the two leaders of the pitching staff, Allen and Bridges. Last season’s lack of depth allowed several other players to gain experience on the mound, that should lead to less fatigue, Bush said.
“We’re going to be young,” Bush said. “We’re filling those guys shoes with freshmen and sophomores. That’s good down the road, but we may struggle some early. Hopefully, we’ll peak at a better time.”
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