Thursday Jan. 15, 2009
Aiken, SC -- I know it's hard to believe but in two short weeks, the college baseball season throws out their first pitch. Again, expectations are high in Aiken where the Pacers start the season ranked 10th.
"I think basically our strengths are going to be our consistency from top to bottom," said head coach Kenny Thomas. "I think when you get down to our 7th and 8th place hitter, he's still going to have some things he can do offensively to cause problems."
Kenny Thomas is back at the helm and as you can see, he likes what he has. While player of the year Chad Jacobsen is gone, pretty much all the other position players return, making them dangerous up and down the lineup. One big question mark is starting pitching. They lost all three of their weekend guys so it looks like this will be pitching by committee this time around.
"We have such a deep pitching staff," said Cross Creek product Justin Fry. "My role really won't change, I just have to go out when I'm called on, go out and do my job the best I can."
Fry is just one of a dozen players on the team from the CSRA so there's plenty of local talent to go around. Season starts the first of February at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.