Green and Gold World Series

George Wahl II

Photo by Brett Durda

The annual Baseball Green and Gold World Series took place concluding with a Green team victory. Senior captain Sean Green tossed 7 shutout innings in game 3 on Saturday, November 19, to lift his team to a 5-1 victory and 2-1 series victory.

Head Coach Terry Alexander has high hopes for the upcoming season after what he saw during workouts this fall.

“It all went really well,” Alexander said. “We got a lot accomplished in 5 short weeks.”

The team was ranked in the top 10 in hitting offense last year and are returning a lot of the same pieces. The people they lost are being replaced by players with the same skill set bringing back offense that is essentially Identical to the one of the previous season. Alexander hopes to see former back up, now starting catcher Matt Frank come up big this year. He would also like to see a lot from infielders Ethan Loosen and Jake Huxtable. The main thing Alexander would like to see improved is the teams mental focus and to stay focused for longer periods of time. he also had a short list of what the team needs this year.

“We need killer instinct,” said Alexander.

Associate Head Coach and Pitching Coach Tim Montez wants to see consistent performances out of the starting pitchers to go deeper into ball games. Doing so would take a lot of pressure off the bullpen.

“If the starters get us through 7 innings, that turns a 9 inning game into 2 inning game,” said Montez.

There are 18 pitchers on the team right now. This is the most in the 7 years since Montez has been here. Most notably is last years freshman All-American closer, Chris Anderson, has been converted into a starter. Montez believes that they have enough arms to carry the team deep and past the regionals stage.

“We don’t have the SEC power arms but we have guys that throw strikes, make hitters work and let defense play behind them,” said Montez.

The team opens their season Feb. 17th in Los Angeles against they University of Southern California.