Cru baseball is back in season, and the team is ready to “find a way.”
Head coach Derek Dunaway is in his first year in this position for the purple and gold and is hopeful for a successful season.
“When I got the job, I was sitting around one day thinking about things people were asking me, ‘how are you going to do this and that?’ and I said ‘we’re just going to find a way.’”
That’s when Dunaway knew he was going to share the new slogan with the team.
“When everything starts going bad, we’ll find a way,” he said. “We put it on the back of our shirts for a reason. It’s not just a cliche.”
It’s early in the season, and so far the record is 1-5, but Dunaway and the Cru are not going to give up easily.
“It hasn’t been good on paper, but in the long run, I think this will be a good experience for us. As long as we can stick together and keep doing the right things, eventually we’re going to start winning some games.”
Junior sport management and finance major and pitcher Andy Evans is not going to let a rough start bring him down.
“It doesn’t stop the excitement our team has,” he said. “There are a lot of good things happening beneath that 1-5 record. We are honing in to find the spark through our focus and hard work every day at practice.”
Evans said they are “content with where they are and know what lies ahead of us,” and he is certain the team is capable of achieving it.
They are a young team with “a lot of new faces,” Dunaway said.
“We’ve got a pretty special group of guys this year,” he said. “We talk about team chemistry and being a family …. We’ve got that part going.”
As head coach, he is pleased with how the team is functioning.
“Guys care about each other. They’re playing for each other…. They’re playing hard and working hard.”
Senior economics major and right fielder Ricky Brenek is thankful for “good team chemistry. Everyone has good work ethic, and we all pick each other up,” he said. “Things are not going our way right now, but I think working together and working hard will eventually turn things around.”
The Cru will be on the road more than at home this season. The next trip is Feb. 25 to Mississippi College.
Dunaway said, “No matter what it is, you can either find an excuse, or you can find a way.”