Despite not playing a home game yet this season, the university’s baseball team stayed active during spring break, traveling and playing different teams while gearing up for home games and the conference season. Currently, the Foresters’ record sits at 6-15 as of March 30.
Head coach Mike Frame said the record does not speak entirely for the team’s accomplishments as they are patiently figuring out “who we have and what guys can do.”
“On the trip, we lost five games by a total of seven runs,” Frame said. “Four of those were extra innings. Five of those games were against teams that were in the top 30 in the country. When you evaluate [our record] from that standpoint, we’re right there.”
The most recent exploits of the team include logging dual wins over Framingham State University (Mass.), while in Florida, winning 6-3 and 8-5. Staging a comeback in game one, a hit from Blake Ayers started things off with teammates Shea Beauchamp and senior Austin Drummond adding to his offensive effort. The win gave freshman Drew McLochlin his first win at the collegiate level, having only nine hits and giving up three runs in the victory.
McLochlin said the recent spring break tour has helped the team grow close together, giving them momentum for the regular season.
“The spring break trip was definitely a challenge, but it brought us together,” he said. “Our pitching staff is getting the job done. We are staying in every game, and we just need to finish and get our bats going early. We’re hoping to keep the energy up, and I’m excited to see how we progress as the season goes on.”
While Frame has added nineteen new players to his roster, he relies on his seven seniors to serve leadership roles. Drummond believes that one of the responsibilities of being a senior is preparing for the play.
“Defensively, knowing the situation before the pitch is key,” he said. “As a senior, [it’s my] responsibility to ensure everyone in the outfield knows what to do with the ball before it’s hit to the outfield. With the help of the coaches, we take the responsibility of ensuring outfield positioning based off the hitter’s tendencies.”
The Foresters look to play Marian University and break a two-game losing streak, one of which was dealt from Marian.
“We’ve got great team chemistry, and we have to learn how to win,” Frame said. “The games that we lost were one play, one pitch, one at bat, late in the game that maybe if we had back we’d have a chance to win.”