Tiger baseball returned to Tartt Field this past weekend after being on the road for several games. The Tigers took on the Argonauts of West Florida in a double header on Saturday, and one game on Sunday. The Tigers were unsuccessful on Saturday, as the Argonauts swept them in the double header. They were able to come out with a victory on Sunday.
This series of games put the Tiger’s overall record at 25-13, and 15-9 in league play, which has them tied for third with the Argonauts, in the GSC standings.
“This weekend, overall, was not one of our best weekends of the season,” Head Coach Gary Rundles said. “We struggled to get consistent pitching, and our defense had more errors than we could overcome on Saturday. Sunday we struggled early but fought hard all game and pulled out a much needed victory for our team.”
According to Coach Rundles, one thing the team needs to work on is being consistent in their effort. From the physical aspect of the game, they have to work on their defense.This weekend, the Tigers struggled a bit on the defensive end committing errors that the Argonauts did not hesitate to capitalize on.
“From day one our goal was to give a 100% effort every time we took the field at practice and during our games,” Coach Rundles said. “Going into the season I felt we could be a very good defensive team and I still feel we can, but lately we have made too many mistakes physically and mentally.”
Although the Tigers have struggled lately, a few players have continued to persevere, allowing their hard work to pay off.
After struggling on Sunday, the Tigers were able to pull things together, and senior catcher, Tyler Lee, hit his fourth home run of the year to put the Tigers ahead for the rest of the game. This win turned around a three-game losing streak for UWA.
Another player who has stepped into his role quite fittingly is, freshman pitcher, Cole Waites.
“Cole is a very talented young man that is going to continue to get better because of his work ethic and willingness to learn. He possesses an electric fastball that has baffled hitters across the GSC,” Coach Rundles said. “As Cole continues to develop his off-speed pitch he should become one of the best pitchers in the GSC.”
Waites has worked himself into a weekend starter, and according to Coach Rundles that is something that does not happen often. As Coach Rundles said earlier, he has a tremendous work ethic and when others see his success it encourages them to work harder.
The Tigers will resume home play on Tuesday April 11 at 4 p.m. against William Carey. After that, the team will not return to Tartt Field until April 29, as they have another long stretch of road games ahead of them.
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