Baseball season opens with a crack of a bat

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Coach Shewmake remarks on stellar team chemistry as ASC polls predict that UTD will secure second place in upcoming season

Coming off a 25-19 season that ended with a third-place finish in the division tournament, UTD baseball is hoping to claim their fourth ASC title in their last season in Division III. ASC’s preseason poll has predicted the Comets will finish second in their division.

Next weekend, the Comets will face off against Texas Lutheran University, a strong team that just began their season 4-1 and recently finished their fifth-straight 25-win season in 2022-23. Head coach Shane Shewmake said UTD is looking forward to the Opening Weekend matchup, which will take place at UTD on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17.

“Texas Lutheran is a very good team, but we’ve had some pretty good baseball weather, the guys have been working hard, and we’re ready to get started.” – Shewmake

On opening day: “Texas Lutheran is a very good team, but we’ve had some pretty good baseball weather, the guys have been working hard, and we’re ready to get started.”

Info about the opening matchup: “We’re going to play a double-header on Friday, and then one nine-inning game on Saturday.”

“The roster is pretty close to final – we’ve still got some guys battling for some spots, but we have a pretty good idea who will be doing what.”

“[Team chemistry] has been outstanding. We’ve got some guys that are back from last year who have been great examples, good leaders and the guys really seem to like each other. It’s a good atmosphere.”

“We feel really good about where we are with the pitching staff. We’re as deep as we’ve ever been; we’ve got [Dylan Hugley and Ryan Vera] coming back, plus we’ve added some arms that are just as good as those guys.”


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