NSU baseball excels in conference play
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NSU baseball excels in conference play

Published 4/13/17

Matt Reynolds

TNE Writer

The RiverHawks baseball team is on track for their best record on the diamond in nearly five seasons. Currently the RiverHawks sit at a tie for sixth place in the MIAA conference standings.

The season is winding down with 15 regular season games on the slate for the RiverHawks. Second year head coach Jake Hendrick knows the game of baseball has a lot of ups and downs.

“The reality is I coach a game of failure,” said Hendricks. “So a lot of times in baseball we are defined by how we respond to those failures. I would say that is probably what I am most proud of at this moment, how the players we have had in the last two years have responded to their failures. A lot of that stems from our players really believing that the game isn't about their own individual performances and more about pulling for their teammates success.”

NSU has performed well in conference play, but it is also important for the RiverHawks to win midweek series against nonconference opponents. NSU will key on their bullpen to close out games down the stretch.

“We have to have a solid performance from the bullpen when coming in for relief, have our hitters score a lot to take the pressure off of the pitcher,” said Jonathon Smithey, Flower Mound, Texas freshman. “Winning the midweek series is critical to strengthening the win column in conference play.

NSU takes on Emporia State in a home series starting April 13. The RiverHawks are starting to garner a fan base that enjoys watching games at Rousey Field.

“The games are fun, free and relaxing to attend,” said Colton Simmons, Sperry freshman. “NSU scores a lot of runs, which is fun to watch.”

The RiverHawks have their hands full this weekend with Emporia State who enters in first place in the MIAA. If NSU can win the series against Emporia State, it would vault them higher in the MIAA standings.

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