Army and Clint Moore(SS/Grimsley HS) at Wake Forest this weekend: First pitch vs. Dayton 12 Noon today!
Army Black Knights/Cadets from West Point in Winston-Salem this weekend for baseball with starting shortstop Clint Moore(Grimsley HS) and here is the schedule for this weekend:
Fri, Feb 19 Dayton at Winston Salem, N.C. 12:00 p.m.
Fri, Feb 19 Wake Forest at Winston-Salem, N.C. 4:00 p.m.
Sat, Feb 20 Wake Forest at Winston-Salem, N.C. 4:00 p.m.
WEST POINT, N.Y. – On the heels of their third Patriot League championship in six years and a postseason run that ended in a matchup with top national seed Texas in the Austin Regional Final, much is expected of Army’s baseball team prepares to open its 2010 campaign.
When a team returns 16 letterwinners, six positional starters and 10 of its top 11 pitchers from arguably the most successful club in school history, cause for such lofty expectations exists. In all, Army returns 72 percent (292 of 408) of its run production from last year’s squad, and pitchers responsible for registering 28 of 36 victories (78 percent) and eight of nine saves (89 percent).
A popular pick by national media and Patriot League coaches to repeat as conference champion, Army will have an opportunity to begin meeting those predictions this weekend as the Black Knights raise the curtain on their 2010 season.
Army, which ranks among those teams receiving votes in this year’s preseason National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason Poll, is scheduled to begin their 2010 schedule this weekend with games against Dayton and Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. Army will face both squads in a split-doubleheader on Friday before battling Wake Forest during its three game weekend finale on Saturday.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity to go down to North Carolina and face some great competition,” states Army head coach Joe Sottolano. “We’re going to face some very, very strong arms right out of the gate, which will really test our preparation. The biggest thing for us is to understand the season is a marathon, not necessarily a sprint. We’re looking forward to going out on the field and seeing where we are at this point. Hopefully, we’ll come back identifying areas in which we need improvement and areas that we need to sustain.
“I think the guys are excited to go out and test themselves a little bit and play against somebody else to see where we stack up. The arms we’re going to face are going to be extremely strong. We’re going to have to play very disciplined baseball. We have veterans back. But mimicking games are difficult to do early in the year. Throwing strikes, picking up the baseball and putting the ball in play are going to be key for us this weekend, just like any other weekend.”