By: Kaylee Darnell
IU South Bend’s baseball team was off to a slow start at the start of the season, but they have quickly turned it around and are currently 2-2 in conference play.
Batting up first, they played against Lincoln College, taking home a win of 14-4. Next they faced off twice against St. Xavier on March 20. Despite their offensive and defensive efforts they lost both games. The final score for the first game was 0-10. They fought back their second game, but ultimately lost 5-8.
However, the Titans were not backing down this fight. The next day they faced off against St. Xavier once again; this time on their rivals’ field in Chicago. The Titans took home a victory, winning 13-3.
“It’s a good start, we had momentum coming off of a series win over Lourdes and we just kept it rolling into the first conference game against Lincoln. We had a good outing from our starter, Matt Lood. The bullpen was able to come in afterward and throw strikes and get quick outs. Our offense kept getting big hits in big situations and that really helped our team’s momentum throughout the game,” Jackson Krueger, freshman player, said.
The baseball team has been practicing every day with hopes to continue to better their record and keep defeating their opposing teams in their conference.
“We need to stay in our approach at the plate, on the mound continue to pound the zone, and as a team just have a mindset that we can beat anyone,” Matt Lood, freshman player, said.
“We’ve got a bunch of guys who just have that drive to win. It’s an exciting group of guys for sure, feels nice but we’ve got a long way to go. I think we just need to continue to put together full games. We are a hard team to beat when we have all aspects of the game working. If pitching and hitting are on at the same time we are definitely going to make a deep run in conference,” TJ DeHerrera, senior player, said.
The Titans are looking to rack up some more wins against conference teams in the upcoming weeks and hope to make it far into the conference tournament at the end of the season.
“We need to keep playing one game at a time and not worry about our record. Everything is starting to come together at the right time, it’s going to be a lot of fun to see what we can do,” Matt Smith, senior player, said.
“We need to keep playing our game and staying on our guys against whoever the opponent is. It’s important to play against the game and not the team we are playing. We are really coming together as we get more games under our belt and we just got to keep building every day moving forward,” Brooks Dehn, senior player, said.
The Titans face off against Trinity International on March 23 at the Rex Weade Stadium in Granger, Ind.
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