Swing and a miss, Gator baseball strikes out again

The Allegheny College baseball team ended its spring break trip with a 2-5 record for the seven games played in Florida. The team’s disappointing record followed it back after break, and its hope for success fell short.

The Gators found themselves letting a ninth inning lead slip away at Thiel College in a game that ended in a 7-8 walk-off Thiel victory. The Thiel loss was followed by splitting a doubleheader with Baldwin Wallace University at home.

Despite the difficulties the team has faced, the men are looking to improve in the remainder of the season. The Gators managed to split a four-game series and win two games against nationally ranked The College of Wooster over the weekend.

“After playing Wooster this weekend we know how good of a team we are. When you play quality opponents it exposes things that you need to work on, individually and as a team,” said Rob DiMaggio, ’17.

The Gators boast a 7-9 record overall, but this has not discouraged the players or the coaching staff.

“The coaching staff is sticking to the process at this point and the results are what they are,” said Jacob Shick, ’17. “The coaching staff is looking for us to do all the little things right and put together an entire game. The coaches know we are 7-9, but they know that we are a really good team and it is time to show it.”

Moving forward the team realizes that there is room for improvement in order to get to the point of play where they want to be. These improvements could lead to the Gators turning around a season, that up to this point, has been less than what they expected.

“The series reminds us that we are on the same level as nationally ranked Wooster, but that as a team we need to make the move from ‘good’ to ‘great.’ We still have to make improvements in our approach, demeanor and game to make this transition,” said Joe Killian, ’16.

The baseball team will face Case Western Reserve University on April 9 in Cleveland, Ohio.