The University of Dallas baseball team is back in season and more ready than ever. They started their preseason last Tuesday, Jan. 16, and the boys have been practicing nonstop since then. Their goal is to be completely prepared for their 2017 season so they can start winning games from the get-go.
Senior pitcher Ryan Hammonds shared his excitement about the team and about where they plan to go this upcoming season.
“We came out day one of this season more ready and prepared than ever,” Hammonds said. “We are hungry for the conference tournament and most of all hungry for a conference championship.”
Their first games are Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5: a three-game series in a preseason, non-conference match-up against Sul Ross State University. The goal is to start off their season 3-0. They have been practicing intensely to prepare for the games and the season, stretching back to a few scrimmages during the fall.
The Crusaders’ record last year was 12-28, and the team has stressed how much they want to improve and excel in this upcoming season. Many of the seniors, as it is their last go-around, are hoping to become Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) tournament champions.
“We’re currently a week into our preseason regimen and things are looking extremely promising,” sophomore infielder Seth Hanson said. “As we get back on the field it is evident that each one of the players [has] been putting in the work during the break that is necessary for success. Personally, I am anxious to get back on the field and hungry to compete, and I know I am not alone in that feeling. The baseball program here at UD has something to prove, and we are ready to step up and surpass the expectations placed upon us.”
Fans of UD baseball will surely hope that the boys work hard and win more games this season to make their wish a reality.