By Anthony Garcia
March 20, 2013
The baseball season at DU has gotten out of the box to a rocky start but players remain optimistic for a winning season.
The Stars began their annual spring break trip to Florida to a solid start with wins over Illinois College and Hiram but began to slide a bit. They are currently going through a four game losing streak.
The annual spring break hasn’t been the best of friends for the Stars as last year; the team suffered their own four game losing streaks, while going 3-4 on the trip.
This year, the team ended the trip with a record of 2-5, including a 10-1 loss to Salem State College.
Freshmen OF Quinlan Milen-Rojak said that, “ We came out swinging in the first two games but it just kind of declined from there. It was bad but we all know we are better than that and we learned from our mistakes and moved forward.”
“We are a very young team with not one senior on it so I think that we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform, probably too much pressure.”
Freshmen C Lucas McKinney reiterated the same thoughts, noting that the team committed a lot of errors and are struggling through some injuries to the team, including the loss of freshmen starter Ryan Hoff.
The Stars have committed 17 errors as a team, demonstrating the youth and inexperience of the team at times.
“It’s a learning process,” Mckinney said. “But I think we are going to be a lot better. Coach Hardman says that it isn’t always about the record, it’s about getting better and improving and I think we are.”
The team’s record hasn’t changed the players confidence as many believe that the talent hasn’t been this good at the program in years.
“I think we are more talented than last year’s team but we just need to gel more,” Mckinney said.
“I think it’s not a question of talent but of chemistry, and getting a feel for playing with each other,” Milen-Rojek said.
The Stars compiled a record of 21-22 last season and made the playoffs, a goal that freshmen starters believe they can reach.
Milen-Rojek and Mckinney also want to positively affect the baseball program off the field as well.
“I just can’t wait to get the school to change their idea about Dominican baseball,” Milen-Rojek said. “Every freshmen that has joined the team this year are genuine guys and we just want to show that on and off the field.”