The New Paltz Oracle, Volume 82, Issue 15

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SPORTS

The  New  Paltz  Oracle

E M A G L L A B W E N WHOLE

The  Hawks  are  hoping  that  a  mixture  of  new  faces  and  returning  players  will  be  able  to  land  a  spot  in  the  SUNYAC  Championships  this  May.  PHOTO  COURTESY  OF  STOCKTON  PHOTO something  we  needed  here.â€?  lection  last  year  and  hit  .297  with  one  home  run  â€œThere  is  a  real  team  feel  to  the  whole  thing  By  Andrew  Wyrich  Sports  Editor  |  Andrew.wyrich63@newpaltz.edu $FFRUGLQJ WR *ULIÂż WKV RQO\ WZR SOD\HUV JUDG DQG 5%,V 0DUDVK ZKR *ULIÂż WKV FDOOHG D ÂłWRS WKLV \HDU ´ *ULIÂż WKV VDLG Âł,W IHHOV OLNH HYHU\RQH LV uated  after  last  season  and  the  team  will  be  wel-­ hitterâ€?  for  the  team,  was  an  injury-­victim  for  on  the  same  page  and  moving  toward  a  common  The  New  Paltz  Baseball  team  has  one  goal  this  coming  16  new  members  to  the  orange  and  blue.  the  Hawks  but  still  had  15  hits  in  37-­at-­bats  and  goal.â€?  season  â€“  to  win  a  championship.  Of  these  players,  eight  are  transfer  students  while  scored  10  runs  while  knocking  in  another  nine  last  The  team  chemistry  and  attitude  has  led  to  an  Coming  off  an  18-­18  season  in  2010,  the  the  remaining  are  freshmen.  season.  RYHUDOO WKHPH *ULIÂż WKV VDLG KH KDV LQVWLOOHG VR IDU Hawks  are  hoping  the  additions  of  transfers  and  Transfers  Jake  Cameron  and  John  Schmidt  are  The  return  of  high  performers  and  the  addi-­ this  season  â€“  focusing  on  fundamentals  and  con-­ freshmen  can  jolt  a  team  made  mostly  of  returning  WZR SOD\HUV WKDW *ULIÂż WKV VDLG ZLOO PDNH DQ LPSDFW tion  of  new  faces  mixing  with  the  current  roster  is  sistency.  players,  eventually  leading  them  to  a  spot  in  the  on  the  team.  VRPHWKLQJ *ULIÂż WKV EHOLHYHV ZLOO EH WKH IRUPXOD “It’s  not  about  being  perfect  -­  it’s  about  the  SUNYAC  championships  this  May.  Cameron,  who  transferred  from  Virginia  Wes-­ that  leads  the  Hawks  to  success  this  season.  SXUVXLW RI EHLQJ SHUIHFW ´ *ULIÂż WKV VDLG Âł7KH “We  have  been  doing  great,  we  are  excited  leyan  College,  will  split  time  between  third  base,  ³:H H[SHFW WR ZLQ D FKDPSLRQVKLS ´ *ULIÂż WKV more  we  can  focus  there  and  keep  it  consistent  the  with  what  we  have,â€?  Head  Coach  Matt  Griffths  FDWFKHU GHVLJQDWHG KLWWHU DQG Âż UVW EDVH WKLV VHDVRQ said.  â€œWe  set  that  back  in  September.  We  know  we  numbers  in  baseball  take  care  of  themselves  if  you  said.  â€œWith  the  drive  and  passion  that  we  have,  we  and  will  be  a  major  source  of  power  in  the  Hawks  have  the  talent  to  do  it.  Daily  we  are  working  on  do  that.â€?  think  we  can  take  it  a  long  way.â€?  lineup.  Schmidt,  a  Division  I  transfer,  will  be  part  perfecting  the  game  we  want  to  play.â€?  The  Hawks  will  begin  their  quest  for  a  cham-­ The  Hawks  kicked  off  their  campaign  last  year  of  the  Hawks  starting  four  heading  into  the  season. This  â€œgameâ€?  includes  executing  the  small  pionship  on  Saturday  March  12  against  the  SUNY  by  going  7-­4  in  the  25th  Annual  Cocca  Sports  While  the  Hawks  will  feature  new  faces,  most  WKLQJV DQG PLQLPL]LQJ PHQWDO HUURUV *ULIÂż WKV College  at  Old  Westbury  and  hope  their  strategy  Expo  Sports  College  Baseball  Spring  Training  in  of  the  squad  will  be  returning  players  from  the  said  he  hopes  the  team  will  be  able  to  move  run-­ will  lead  them  to  the  SUNYAC  tournament  in  &RFFD %HDFK )OD +RZHYHU WKH +DZNV Âż QLVKHG team’s  2010  season.  QHUV RYHU VFRUH UXQV WKURZ Âż UVW SLWFK VWULNHV DQG May.  the  season  losing  six  of  their  last  seven  games  and  Schmidt  will  pitch  behind  second-­year  staff  JHW WKH Âż UVW EDWWHUV LQ HDFK LQQLQJ RXW “We  feel  strongly  that  if  we  execute  our  game  missing  the  SUNYACs.  ace  Chris  Chismar.  Chismar  led  the  Hawks  with  *ULIÂż WKV VDLG KH QRWLFHG WKDW WKLV \HDUÂśV URV HYHU\GD\ WKDW ZH FDQ EHDW HYHU\ERG\ ´ *ULIÂż WKV 'HVSLWH WKH WHDPÂśV GHIHDWV WKLUG \HDU LQÂż HOGHU 70  strikeouts  in  49  innings  pitched  while  setting  ter  has  been  larger  than  recent  years  and  that  team  said.  â€œThere  are  a  lot  of  ups  and  downs  in  a  season  Paul  Merola  has  an  optimistic  view  of  the  team’s  a  program  record  last  season  by  striking  out  20  chemistry  has  been  strong  and  the  roster  is  solid  and  keeping  steady  with  your  game  plan  will  bring  upcoming  season.  SUNY  Oswego  batters  on  April  19.   from  top  to  bottom.  you  success.â€? “Obviously  our  goal  at  the  beginning  of  every  *ULIÂż WKV VDLG DQRWKHU VHDVRQ RI &KLVPDU RQ season  is  to  win  the  SUNYACs  and  make  it  to  the  the  mound  leading  the  Hawks’  staff  is  â€œexcitingâ€?  regionals,â€?  Merola  said.  â€œWe’re  looking  forward  because  last  year  Chismar  was  second  in  the  na-­ to  getting  out  of  the  gym.  We  have  a  bunch  of  WLRQ LQ VWULNHRXWV SHU QLQH LQQLQJV *ULIÂż WKV VDLG great  guys  that  joined  our  program  this  year.â€?  that  the  pitcher  ahead  of  Chismar  was  drafted  *ULIÂż WKV VDLG LQMXULHV ZHUH D IDFWRU LQ WKH WHDP 21 in  the  Major  League  Baseball  First-­Year  Player  20 missing  the  playoffs  last  year.  At  that  time,  the  18 Draft.  Hawks  had  athletes  playing  out  of  position  be-­ On  the  offensive  side  of  the  ball,  the  Hawks  16 cause  of  a  lack  of  depth  â€“  something  the  team  is  will  be  returning  Merola  and  third  basemen  Mike  12 not  worried  about  heading  into  this  season.  0DUDVK ERWK RI ZKRP *ULIÂż WKV EHOLHYHV ZLOO EH “The  difference  from  years  past  is  that  we  impact  players  on  the  club.  KDYH GHSWK DW HYHU\ SRVLWLRQ ´ *ULIÂż WKV VDLG Âł:H Merola  was  a  second-­team  all-­SUNYAC  se-­ have  very  capable  players  at  every  spot,  which  is Â

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