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Rams off to a perfect season start; heading to Lubbock

Rams work on all aspects of the game

By Ryan Everheart
On February 14, 2014

After this week's performance, the Rams anticipate a good season.  

The Rams had a three-game sweep over Texas A&M International.

ASU will put their skills to the test as they prepare to battle Lubbock Christian University, another tough team in their lineup, Feb. 14 through Feb. 16.

In the upcoming games, the Rams are trying to eliminate mental and physical mistakes while they are also trying to execute the fundamentals of baseball, infielder Tyler Coughenour said.

Head Coach Kevin Brooks said he is pleased with the start of the season, but he would like to cut back on the amount of strikeouts.

"The team is continuing to stay in routine despite of the cold weather while continuing to get better and better every game," he said.

The players also need work on stealing bases, strikeouts and just little things as time allots, Brooks said.

"At practice we work on every aspect of the game," Coughenour said.

"Base running, defense, hitting and pitching are just some of the things we are working on. We will also set up game-like scenarios to work on situations that might come up during games."

The Rams not only practice their defensive plays, but also work on their offensive plays so they can continue to get better.

 "We work on our bunt plays, defensive plays, throwing strikes and situational hitting to prepare us to execute in the games," pitcher Jake Feckley said.

Brooks said he is pleased with how they are playing and how they are competing.

"I think  the guys are putting forth great effort," Brooks said.  "They are doing a lot of good things."  

The Rams are now counting down the days until the Lone Star Conference tournament, which begins on May 8.

"Each game is really important and every game counts the same," Brooks said.

Brooks said that the roles are really undefined on who is getting a lot of playing time. He is hopeful that some players will "step up to the plate" and that certain players will fill shoes to get a better idea of what is ahead for this team.

"It's difficult as a coach because he is not sure which players will be playing and which are not," he said.

Coughenour has already started a successful season with a .526 batting average.  

"We still have a lot of aspects of our game that we can get better at,"   Coughenour said.
"I think our team plays well together as a unit and that we need to stay committed as individuals to improve ourselves daily," Feckley said. "I hope that in future games we continue to win and keep the perfect streak going."

The Rams will start their first game against Lubbock Christian on Friday, Feb. 14, and finish up their set of games in Lubbock on Saturday, Feb. 16.


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