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Topic:  When Does Baseball Season Start?
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Day Tripper
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  Message Not Read  When Does Baseball Season Start?
   Posted: 1/17/2018 9:05:26 AM 
After seeing the sorry state of the men's basketball team in its present condition and the some what mediocre play of the women's team, I have about lost all hope for the post season unless a miracle happens in the next 4 weeks or so. Baseball starts up next month, so who some of the players coming back and new recruits to potentially get Ohio back to the post season?
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spongeBOB CATpants
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  Message Not Read  RE: When Does Baseball Season Start?
   Posted: 1/17/2018 1:27:25 PM 
Day Tripper wrote:
After seeing the sorry state of the men's basketball team in its present condition and the some what mediocre play of the women's team, I have about lost all hope for the post season unless a miracle happens in the next 4 weeks or so. Baseball starts up next month, so who some of the players coming back and new recruits to potentially get Ohio back to the post season?


Baseball is surprisingly in a good place right now. The culture that Rob Smith has brought in has caught fire and has greatly improved the preparation and execution of the players. The result can obviously speak for itself. Program went from 2 MAC titles in the previous 30 or years to 2 titles in the last 3.

We bring back a strong pitching core. Led by RS seniors Gerry Salisbury and pre-season all american Jake Roehn (closer). Both are very experienced and have the stuff to dominate, just need to go prove it. We are also bringing back several other quality arms including Klein, Baird, Blessing, and others.

That being said, we lost a ton on offense. We will be replacing our entire infield and lost the MAC defensive player of the year in Tyler Finkler (ss). Off the top of my head, I believe we were a top 5 defensive team in the country last year with a .980 team fielding percentage. That is incredibly impressive considering the Bob Wren infield is in desperate need of turf and is known to be a very tough surface to get true hops on groundballs. Our top returning offensive players do include Rudy Rott (was a frosh all american two years ago), Devon Garcia, Tony Giannini, Klein, and Evan Bourne. We will need these guys to hit with RISP.

I predict this team to be solid again, but will heavily rely on that pitching staff to lead us. Smith will more than likely have to play around with lineups before heading into MAC play. This team knows that all it needs is a birth to the MAC tourney and Smith will have them ready to play.

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BillyTheCat
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  Message Not Read  RE: When Does Baseball Season Start?
   Posted: 1/17/2018 11:03:18 PM 
Smith is like the John Groce of MAC baseball, is ready come tournament time, just get a seat at the table.
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spongeBOB CATpants
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  Message Not Read  RE: When Does Baseball Season Start?
   Posted: 1/18/2018 9:54:08 AM 
BillyTheCat wrote:
Smith is like the John Groce of MAC baseball, is ready come tournament time, just get a seat at the table.


I didn't know Groce personally but I was at almost every home game while I was in school (11-15). They are strikingly similar in both appearance and coaching style.
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UpSan Bobcat
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  Message Not Read  RE: When Does Baseball Season Start?
   Posted: 2/8/2018 4:06:25 PM 
https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=14874

Ohio projected fifth in the MAC, naming DH Rudy Rott and RP Jake Roehn to the All-MAC preseason team.
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  Message Not Read  RE: When Does Baseball Season Start?
   Posted: 2/11/2018 12:42:54 AM 
And by the way, the season begins Friday with a series against Rider being played in South Carolina.
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