Thursday, March 3, 2016

Maturity should be strength for UIS baseball team

University of Illinois Springfield baseball coach Chris Ramirez has a battle-tested corps of veterans back in the fold for the 2016 season.

“Experience is going to be our strength,” he said.

That was not the case last year. The Prairie Stars had players with college experience, but they didn’t know what it was like to play in NCAA Division II.

“Last year we had 20-something junior college guys who transferred,” UIS sophomore first baseman Michael Rothmund said. “We didn’t really know each other. This year having a second year, I think we’re going to gel really well.”

Rothmund is one of six returning everyday starters. The other five are seniors: Aaron Kuper (catcher), Adam Warda (second base), Kyle Hunsinger (shortstop), Gabriel Acevedo (third base) and Jake Redlinger (center field).

The team was featured by The State Journal-Register on March 2, 2016.

Read the article online.