By: Chandler Wold, Ben Heideman, Hector Torres, Nick Palermo, and Yoldelvy Garcia
The Reinhardt Eagles baseball team will begin a 3-game series with the Bluefield Rams (VA) on Friday March 1st to open up AAC play. The Rams will enter AAC play with an overall record of 8-5, and the Eagles with an overall record of 5-5.
The Rams started off their season 3-1 as they got out to a hot start taking 3 of 4 from Edward Waters (FLA.) They would then improve their record to 6-1 as they would sweep a 3 game-series with Toccoa Falls College. The Rams then hosted the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) in a double-header matchup sweeping them with scores of 5-1 and 4-3 in extra innings improving their record to 8-1. After getting out to a hot start, the Rams welcomed the University of The Cumberland’s (Ky.) for a 4 game-series. The Rams dropped all four games to the Patriots with scores of 6-5, 15-0, 7-2, and 7-2. This would give the Rams a overall record of 8-5 where they stand coming into AAC play against Reinhardt University at Ken White Field.
The Eagles started out their season hosting the University of Pikeville in a 3 game-series at Ken White Field. The Eagles would take 2 of 3 from Pikeville giving them a record of 2-1. The Eagles then hosted No. 14 Campbellsville in a double header matchup. The Eagles would sweep the double header improving their record to 4-1. After mother nature came through Waleska, the Eagles canceled their home series match up with William and Carey and headed to Cochran, Georgia to face No. 17 Middle Georgia State University for a 3 game-series. The Knights took 2 of 3 from the Eagles giving the Eagles an overall record of 5-3. The Eagles traveled to Mt. Vernon, GA for a mid-week matchup on Tuesday, losing the double header against Brewton-Parker College giving them an overall record of 5-5.
Heading into the weekend, Reinhardt Baseball sits at an overall record of 5-5 and looks to redeem themselves after a tough 1-2 weekend at Middle Georgia State last week and losing the double header matchup to Brewton-Parker. Currently 5-5, Reinhardt is ranked 3rd in the country on defense, which has been a staple in their playing style. The Eagles have been facing some trouble hitting with only two guys currently hitting over .250, and two guys with an on base percentage over .400. The defensive side of the game is what has kept the Eagles in close games and winning 5 of their 10 games.
Starting Junior left-handed pitcher Daniel Dolensky of Reinhardt has been the talk this week has he has pitched 20 innings this year, posted an era of 0.00, 0 BB, and 26 Strikeouts. The Eagles look to get back their other ace, Ryan Semon soon as he faced an arm injury after going 5 innings in his debut against Pikeville.
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