PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - Getting back to winning is what the Louisiana College Wildcats baseball team will be trying to do in the year 2020.
Last year, they finished with a 31-12 record with a 15 game winning streak in the middle of it. However, their expectations for this season are so much higher.
“We just want to play up to our capabilities every day,” Head Coach Mike Byrnes said. “I tell the guys to give themselves a chance late in the game to be close enough that you could win it.”
Senior pitcher Andrew Robison finished 2019 with 47 strikeouts on the year. This season, he's looking to lead the way.
“Everybody's family around here,” Robinson said. “They (the team) look up to all the seniors here. I’m not doing any special, just go out, have fun, and be a family.”
“If he could come close to what he did last year, that would be amazing,” Byrnes said. “He had an unbelievable season, and we're hoping for big things again.”
Senior utility player Brady Atkins was third on the team in batting average last year with a .379 average. He's looking to do much of the same thing: be a playmaker.
“I kind of stayed to myself instead of being a team player last year,” Atkins said. “This year I’ve been interacting more and becoming more of a leader instead of a follower.”
“I told him that he needs to take over more of a leadership role, and he's doing a good job with that,” Byrnes said. “There are plenty of great players out there but it's all going to be about the team, it's not going to be about individuals.”
The Wildcats open their season on in a doubleheader on February 8 at Billy Allgood Legacy Field against Alma College starting at 1 p.m.
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