These days, all the talk at Augusta State is about the baseball team. But this season, the Augusta State baseball team hopes to take away some of that spotlight.
The Jags are hoping to improve upon last eyar's 28-27 record in which injuries really hurt the team. But it's a new year and the Jags are optimistic. Hitting should be their strong suit this season, led by returning All-American Shannon Wilkerson, who hit 16 homers and drove in 57 last season. The pitching staff is a different story though. It's a young staff with a lot to prove but so far, the players and coaches like what they see.
"The pitchers know and respect how good our hitting is this year," said Wilkerson. "They've been working and putting extra effort into mainly throwing strikes instead of worrying about throwing the ball 90 to 95 miles per hour. So they understand what they gotta do."
"We feel like the guys have developed and are gonna be a big part of it this year," said associate head coach Chris Cooper. "And maybe starting on the weekends, we might have freshmen and sophomores starting on the weekends but we feel like they're good arms."
The Jags begin the 2009 campaign Sunday, February 1st at Lake Olmsted Stadium.