Pointers Baseball Performs Well in Florida
Will Rossmiller
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baseball-3-color-jack-mclaughlin.jpgHead coach Pat Bloom’s Pointers baseball team finished with a record of 5-3 in Florida against tough competition. The teams the Pointers played currently have a combined 58-29 record.

According to Bloom, at least a couple of teams they played could make the Division III College World Series this season.

While Stevens Point waits for its opportunity to play again, they can look back on what they accomplished in Florida.

“We saw a little bit of everything down there,” Bloom said. “I’ve learned that at the beginning of the year, you have to expect the unexpected. It’s really hard to anticipate how everyone is going to play.”

One of the positives from Florida that Bloom pointed out was the team’s offensive production.

“The hitters swung the bats well in most of our games,” Bloom said. “We were able to string up a lot of runs in some games.”

The Pointers scored a total of 70 runs in Florida, or almost nine runs per contest.

Sophomore pitcher J.P. Feyereisen is excited to see what this team’s offense can do during the season.

“I think this year will be a fun year to watch our team,” Feyereisen said. “We are going to have the power from our hitters to bang the ball around the park and put up more than ten runs a game.”

Sophomore infielder Riley Spetz also liked what he saw from the team in Florida.

“Overall, I think we’re off to a good start,” Spetz said. “We have a lot of guys all over the diamond who can pull their own weight, and our coaches do a great job putting a competitive line-up on the field.”

The main problem for the Pointers in Florida was finding consistent pitching. The Pointers pitching gave up an average of 5.875 runs per game. In comparison, last year UWSP allowed 3.21 runs per game.

“Our pitching and fielding left something to be desired. We gave up too many walks and didn’t get into good pitching counts,” Bloom said. “I hope that we can regroup. We do have a very good pitching staff.”

Senior pitcher Jake Herbst knows that the pitchers and even the hitters can perform better.

“We just need to be more consistent with our performances from both our pitching staff and our hitters,” Herbst said. “We just need guys to get comfortable with the roles that they have.”

With some pitchers struggling, others were asked to step up. That is exactly what sophomore Nick Prebelski did in Florida. Prebelski pitched 5 and 2/3 innings, allowing only one run and striking out six batters.

“He definitely positioned himself to where we are confident in using him in a late relief role,” Bloom said.

Now the Pointers wait for the snow to melt for them to show their stuff to the conference opponents. Feyereisen believes that this team will surprise some people in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“I think the potential of this team is being overlooked by most of the conference and nation because of the loss of Cam Seidl,” Feyereisen said. “If we can sync our offense and pitching together, our team has a very good chance at making a deep run into the playoffs this year.”

The Pointers were scheduled to play St. Norbert College last Sunday and UW-Oshkosh this Wednesday, but both games were postponed due to the baseball field’s current conditions.

UWSP’s next scheduled games are part of a double header against UW-Platteville Friday and Saturday that has been moved to UW-Whitewater’s facilities. The Pointers next home game is set for next Wednesday with a double header against UW-Oshkosh.