By AJ Pascuzzo
The Bridgewater State University baseball team has started off slow, but looks to get their season back together.
After an up-and-down start, the Bears have won their last three games to improve to 8-11 and 3-1 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).
This year intends to be somewhat of a rebuilding year for the Bears, as they have just three returning seniors to the roster.
“The season is going okay and we are learning a lot about our team,” said sophomore pitcher David Holmes. “It was tough because we didn’t know what we had going into the year and we are still looking for our best lineup on the field.”
The Bears have received strong starting pitching from senior Andy Sadoski, senior Kenny Pennini and Holmes in their recent wins against Johnson and Wales University, and a doubleheader sweep of Westfield State University on Saturday.
Sadoski has led the pitching staff as the Bears ace. Sadoski posts a 1.85 earned run average with a 4-2 record. But with four games in the upcoming three days, the Bears will need to make sure their pitchers do not get taxed.
“We have a lot of games coming up and we only have nine healthy pitchers right now, so that is going to be our hardest part,” Holmes said.
On the offensive side, the Bears are hitting the ball well.
Junior first baseman Nick White has provided a lot on offense, as he is third on the team in batting with a .369 average.
“We’re a young team and don’t have any senior starters in the field,” White said. “We are finally starting to figure each other out and starting to gel as a team.”
Freshman third baseman Billy Mitchell leads off for the Bears and currently has a
.424 batting average with four runs batted in (RBI).
Junior transfer and shortstop Ryan Manning is also contributing, as he is batting .371 with 23 hits and three RBI.
“Were now starting to get those big hits that we didn’t have at the start of the season and make those plays when they need to be made,” White said. “We are playing well in the league and we are confident that we will be at the top of the MASCAC at the end of the season.”
Bridgewater State will host non-conference opponent Johnson & Wales on Thursday at Alumni Park. First pitched is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
AJ Pascuzzo is a Comment sports writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.