Rams back home for game series against Texas A&M-Kingsville

Baseball is ready to for the home crowd support at upcoming home games

By Allison Price
On March 21, 2014

The Rams are kicking off a home field stretch with 11 games to be played back-to-back at Foster Field.

The team, currently 16-9 overall and 6-6 in conference, lost the four-game series against West Texas A&M March 14 through 16.

"The games were a little rough," junior Jason Zgardowski said. "We were not expecting to go in there and lose all four, but it happens. I kind of wish it didn't. We went in there with the confidence that we were going to win the series. They had really good pitching and hitting and it really matched us, but hopefully we come out these next games and win it."

Head Coach Kevin Brooks said the loss was disappointing, but it caused determination.

"Obviously, it is not the way we wanted things to go," Brooks said. "Very easily we could have won all four, but it just didn't happen. We have played well enough up to that point that, while it hurts, it doesn't bury us at all. We can still achieve everything that we want to achieve."

In the last game of the series against the West Texas A&M Buffs, the game was extended to 13 innings. The Buffs came out on top with only one run.

"When you go out and get quality starts, you are going to have the chance to win every game," Brooks said. "We have not lost a game by more than three runs."

Brooks said pitching was at a best this past weekend, and it only continues to improve.

"There are always different areas to improve in and the team is improving every day," Zgardowski said. "We will keep working on the flaws we have until we get better."

The losses against the Buffs also gave the team a sense of urgency to step back and get things on the right track again, Brooks said.

"Losing is not going to change how hard the team works," Brooks said. "The team was working hard before."

As for the home games coming up, sophomore Dillon Becker said it will give the team confidence to rebound from the losses.

"If we can continue to play hard as a team, then we can go out and make some wins," Becker said. "I think everyone is working really hard and doing the best they can."

Another benefit to the home games are the crowds, Zgardowski said.

"It is always exciting to play at home and play in front of the fans," he said. "We have a great atmosphere out here. Another thing that is great is the students who come out and support us."

The Rams' first game against the Javelinas will be Friday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m.

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