Most of my friends from home seem to think being a baseball player at Texas A&M Corpus Christi is a life full of beaches, bikinis and baseball. Well, not so much… So far this fall, it’s been a life full of books, barbells and bullpen sessions. The fall is a time to get bigger, stronger and faster; and that means 6:00 a.m. weightlifting groups, enough conditioning to make the cross country team look out of shape, and countless individual drills in the bullpen or batting cage. Add about 15 semester hours of classes into the mix and you will find that most of my teammates and I spend about 12 to 14 hours per day in the weight room, classroom and on the field. Although the workload is heavy, morale is extremely high and we’re all looking forward to getting on the field for the first official Islanders team practice.
The grind of the fall off-season reveals a lot about your teammates and yourself. There are obvious things like physical strength and athleticism that are on display every day, but the biggest intangible begins to show up about two weeks in; work ethic. Everyone is excited and works hard for the first week or two, but how many guys can sustain this pace? Do your teammates have the guts to not only embrace the grind, but to thrive on it? Every NCAA Division I program has talent, but the big question is who is willing to pay the price to become champions?
If this fall is any indication, character and work ethic are two resources that the Ders have in abundance. Walking on campus between classes, I always recognize a distant “crack of the bat” coming from guys getting some extra work on the field. I’ve yet to walk past the Dirty Chap, day or night, and not see a handful of Ders in the cage getting some extra BP, and a few more long-tossing in the outfield. I went to the weight room the other night after class and there were several freshmen who were there “getting an extra lift in.” The Islanders team culture and mentality is different this year. Doing what’s required is simply not enough; the expectation is to do more. The expectation is to exceed expectations. “Extra” has become the new norm.
Doing more than is expected extends beyond the field and into the classroom at TAMUCC as well. Coach Malone has always emphasized the fact that we are students first and athletes second. Just as expectations on the field are high, the bar has been raised for the Ders performance in the classroom. Prior to the 2013 season, there were only four all-academic selections in Islanders program history. The 2013 squad produced four academic all-conference players, then last spring, senior catcher Russell Vaughn was named a first team academic All-American and 15 Ders were named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
The first official team practice is next week, and the excitement throughout the entire program is palpable. We’ve all been working hard and are anxious to take the field as a unit and see our hard work pay some dividends. The competition for playing time will be fierce this year, as the roster is stacked with talent at every position. There are no “givens” with this team; just because you were a starter last year doesn’t mean that your spot in the roster is secure this year. It’s going to be a lot of fun to see who steps up and earns their stripes next week when the lights of the Dirty Chap come on for the first time this fall!
– Jacob Dorris
HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana baseball coach Matt Riser announced a 54-game schedule Thursday that brings some unfamiliar faces to Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, including Big 10 opponent Northwestern, and has the Lions making a trip west for a weekend series against Utah of the Pac-12. Continue reading
LAKE CHARLES – Thirty-four home games and nine contests against NCAA Tournament teams are among the many highlights on a competitive 2015 McNeese baseball schedule as announced by head coach Justin Hill on Wednesday. Continue reading
Sam Houston State head baseball coach Matt Deggs has announced the schedule for the 2015 season, featuring 25 games at Don Sanders Stadium. Deggs’ first season at the helm will feature home games against Baylor, Houston, Rice and Texas A&M.
As I drove down Ocean Drive towards the TAMUCC campus, chocked full of anticipation for my senior season, I began to reflect upon my past three years as an Islander. It amazes me how this baseball program has evolved and changed in my short tenure here. I thought about all of my teammates that have come and gone through this program, and what being an Islander has meant to me. I remembered how I felt on this day, three years ago as a freshman, meeting the coaching staff and upperclassmen. I was both nervous and excited to begin my career as an Islander. As I approached the Island Campus for my fourth year, my nerves and excitement had not faded in the least. Continue reading
The University of The Incarnate Word has released their 2015 schedule which features a home opening series against the Northeastern Huskies. They will also host series against Southeastern Louisiana, Prairie View A&M, Houston Baptist, Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Continue reading
Matt Deggs joins Sam Houston State as the school’s eighth head baseball coach, Athletics Director Bobby Williams announced Friday. The former hitting coach for Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas A&M and Arkansas will bring his aggressive offensive approach to the Bearkats.
“I am very humbled and honored to have this opportunity and it is a privilege for me and my family to come be a part of Sam Houston State,” Deggs said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead the Bearkats in this new era of baseball and to be a great steward of the program that Mark Johnson and David Pierce did such a great job leading. We’re ready to hit the ground running.” Continue reading
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
An initial list of six highly qualified coaches will interview for the Bearkats’ head baseball coaching post, Sam Houston Director of Athletics Bobby Williams announced Monday.
The six candidates bring a wide variety of collegiate and professional baseball experience, while several candidates have made it to the pinnacle of College Baseball, either playing or coaching in the College World Series. Continue reading
Sam Houston State 9 Siena 2
FORT WORTH — Sam Houston State staved off elimination with a 9-2 win over Siena to reach a second NCAA Regional final in the last three seasons. The Bearkats (43-18) will get a rematch with TCU (44-15) Sunday at 7 p.m. If the Kats beat the Horned Frogs Sunday the two teams will meet again Monday night at 7 p.m. Continue reading
Houston 9 SE Louisiana 5
BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 9 Houston Baseball kept its season alive with a 9-5 win over Southeastern LA on Sunday afternoon in the Baton Rouge Regional at Alex Box Stadium and will now prepare to face (1) (8) No. 4 LSU in a must-win game to force a Monday Regional final. Continue reading