Baseball builds toward opening day in second scrimmage

Robert Huitt

The Georgia Southern University baseball team held their second intrasquad scrimmage of the off season Saturday at J.I. Clements Stadium.

The scrimmage was free, open to the public and offered fans an early look at the team.

Even though the game does not count at all, these scrimmages are key in preparing for the start of the season.

It gets you the feel of a real game. We’re playing against each other, but these are still game-like situations so we need to work on things that we’re going to see during real games,” redshirt junior outfielder Arthur Owens said.

Owens had a great day at the plate with three hits in as many at-bats. However, it is not uncommon for hitting to be behind pitching early in the season, especially at this point.

We’re just trying to see pitches. That’s the thing with hitting, the more pitches you see the better you’ll get at it,” Owens said.

With the departure of key players and the addition of some fresh faces, this team may have to rely on its pitching in the early going.

I think the seniors on the pitching staff are going to be a good attribute to our team,” senior pitcher Josh Stevenson said.

At one point during the scrimmage, the defense turned a smooth double-play on a ground ball hit to the shortstop. The team also displayed some aggressive base running by swiping multiple bases.

There were also some miscues during the scrimmage. A passed ball allowed a runner to score and an errant throw sailed over first base.

Fortunately, the Eagles will have time to fix those mistakes before the season opener against the University of Georgia on Feb. 15.