NSU baseball ends fall preseason at Oklahoma State
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NSU baseball ends fall preseason at Oklahoma State

Published 10/31/17

Emily Osborne

TNE Writer

NSU’s baseball team ended their fall preseason with a trip to Stillwater to face off against a Division I school. This preseason the RiverHawks have been preparing for their regular season by challenging themselves to be just a little bit better every single day. In early August, when the students first start arriving on campus, the team was already looking to the preseason. As soon as classes began, so did their practices.

“As soon as we got on campus in August, everyone on the team has been pulling in the same direction, wanting to get better not only as individuals, but as one unit” said Michael Rhae, Greenwood, Ark. junior.

Oklahoma State has a reputation of having a good baseball team year in and year out. Playing against a DI school on that big of a stage can be intimidating.

“It was a rush being able to go to a beautiful field such as Allie P. Reynolds and play a great organization like OSU,” Blake Vandegift, Owasso junior. “It gives me a great outlook on the spring season, and knowing where we stand against against a program like OSU gives me no doubts we can reach our goals together in the MIAA.”

OSU is coming off a season where they went 30-27 and won the Big 12 Tournament Championship. The preseason scrimmage against the Pokes gave the RiverHawks further insight as to what they need to maintain and what they need to work on in order to perform even better this upcoming 2018 spring season. 

“D1, D2 or juco, the game of baseball has a way of humbling you,” said Rhae. “For the most part I feel we played really well, a lot of positives when it comes to both aspects of offense and defense.”

The RiverHawks took their game against OSU as a learning experience. While they saw what areas need improvement, the team also took in the experience as a whole.

“There are plenty of things we learned as a team, good and bad, that we will continue to work on throughout the fall, but the best part was just seeing the guys play loose and having fun playing ball against a great team,” said Butch Rea, NSU baseball graduate assistant. “Playing Oklahoma State will pay dividends in the spring.”

Overall, the RiverHawks got a good taste of what is expected of them this spring season and know what they have to do to reach their goals for this season.

“Going into this season I would have to say a team goal of ours would be to win our conference tournament and continue to move our way towards a national championship,” said Vandegrift.

The RiverHawks made it to the MIAA tournament in 2015 and 2016, and they were a semifinalist in 2014. This team knows what it takes to get there and they are willing to do what it takes to make it there again in 2018.

“My personal goal is to help the team and find a way to bring a MIAA Championship back to NSU,” said Rhae. “Being here for four years I feel I have a good idea of what it takes and what needs to be done to achieve that goal.”

The RiverHawks will be back in action this spring. Their first game is set for 12:30 p.m., Feb. 2, 2018 in Austin, Texas against St. Edwards. Their first home game will be at 1 p.m., Feb. 14, 2018.

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