With a preseason record of 7-4, the Cru will kick off conference play against the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys in Abilene March 12-13.
Assistant and pitching coach Derek Dunaway believes the team needs the extra week to decipher what kind of chemistry they have.
“We can hit, we can pitch, we can play defense, and we’ve just got to fi gure a way to get it all going at the same time,” he said.
Dunaway knows the team will unite as they keep “playing games and by being out there (on the field).”
Last fall, the rainy weather didn’t allow the Cru to practice on a regular basis, so they are currently having to bond as a team.
The weather has persisted to affect some of the practices this spring. They still haven’t been on the field enough “to get in a rhythm and figure out what our team is made of.”
Cru baseball wants to win games this season, and being victorious is their goal.
“If you’re not hitting, then pitching has to be better,” Dunaway said, “and if we’re not pitching very well then we have to find a way to hit the ball.”
Senior catcher Ryan Moreau is looking forward to conference, and “definitely see us making a run for first.
“I think it’s going to be a good year for us. When we put everything together we can play with anybody,” he said.
College is a different ball game, and Dunaway encourages freshmen to learn from the upperclassmen.
Senior right fielder Joseph Villegas knows team trust will make a successful season.
“The freshmen have to step up and have confidence in what they’re doing,” Villegas said. “Some have to take leadership roles as far as pitching or taking a position spot, and need to be confident in the team.”
The young “guys are real talented, but haven’t had the experience to understand what college pitching is about,” he said. “Our big thing is trying
to get the hitter to hit the ball on our terms … we’re trying to avoid hard hits.”