New Orleans will Kick off the Fall World Series this Saturday

UNO head coach Tom Walter (left) and the Privateers will kick off the Fall World Series on Saturday at Maestri Field. Courtesy: UNOPrivateers.com

UNO head coach Tom Walter (left) and the Privateers will kick off the Fall World Series on Saturday at Maestri Field. Courtesy: UNOPrivateers.com

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

University of New Orleans head baseball coach Tom Walter is looking at 17 new faces on his 2009 roster, and the fifth-year coach will get a lot of opportunities to see them play during the next week.

The Privateers will kick off the 2009 UNO Fall World Series on Saturday and will mix in a Sunday game with in-state rival Nicholls State as part of a busy weekend at Maestri Field.

The World Series, which sees UNO split its roster between the Blue and Black squads, will play the first game at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Privateers will follow with a noon game against Nicholls State on Sunday. Admission to both games is free.

The Privateers, coming off back-to-back NCAA Regoinal appearances, will replace 12 letter winners from the 2008 squad. But a quality recruiting class, combined with returning starters Nick Schwaner and Ryan Eden, has Walter very positive about 2009.

“No question, we lost a lot of quality players including a few underclassmen to the (MLB) draft,” said Walter, whose team went 43-21 a year ago. “But I really like the guys we have coming back, and we have some new guys ready to step in. I think people will really like what they see this year.”

The Nicholls State game on Sunday will not count towards the 2009 record, but it will count against the 56-game schedule. UNO will now play 55 games during the spring season.

UNO FALL BASEBALL SCHEDULE
All games at Maestri Field

Saturday, Nov. 1
Game 1 – UNO Fall World Series, 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 2
Nicholls State at UNO, 12 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 7
Game 2 – UNO Fall World Series, 3 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 9
Game 3 – UNO Fall World Series, 11:30 a.m.

Admission to all games is free