(THE PICKET) — With spring right around the corner that means it’s baseball season around the Mountain East Conference.
The Shepherd Rams will open their season Saturday, Feb. 6, against the pre-season ranked 22 Mount Olive University Trojans who have started 2-1 already this season.
Shepherd looks to advance further in the post season this year after losing in the championship game of the conference tournament in 2015.
Head Coach Matt McCarty who is entering his third season at the helm leads Shepherd. The Rams are coming off a 2015 season in which they brought home a school record 39 wins, along with the regular season conference title.
The Rams come into the 2016 campaign after losing several key contributors from last year’s squad, right fielder Matt Wilson, starting pitcher Bryan DiRosario, first baseman Dom Wyshinski, and All American Catcher Spencer Wolfe.
“It would be pretty cool if I could make my own legacy because he left pretty big shoes to fill,” said sophomore catcher Chase Smallwood.
Smallwood is one of the many returning players including pre-season All American Pitcher Sam Crater, who will be out for opening day with an arm injury, pre-season All American center fielder JJ Sarty, starting pitcher Jamie Driver, and shortstop Tre Porter.
“It feels great to finally play after all the long hours in the fall and winter on the field, in the gym, and in the weight room. It will be good to see what we are made of, we have some good freshman that have come in and some great talent from last year, so we are all expecting an exciting season” Smallwood added.
The Rams will play their first home game Feb. 12 against University Pittsburg Johnstown in a double header.