Wildcats Baseball Begins Fall Practice
"I think it's a very exciting time," said Head Coach Jason Beverlin, now in his second season leading the Wildcats. "All the hard work they've put in so far with individual workouts and in the weight room, it's going to pay off. It's been great to see how hard they work and how they go about their business, and I'm looking forward to seeing how that carries over onto the field."
The 2012 Wildcats secured a seventh consecutive MEAC Championship last May, earning another trip to the NCAA Regionals in Gainesville [Fla.], and finishing the season with a 34-27 overall record (18-5 in MEAC play).
The team graduated just five players, but was subject to post-first year attrition, bringing the total non-returning group to eight.
To compensate, Beverlin and his staff worked the recruiting trail across the region and nation the entire spring and summer, and the current roster shows the fruits of their labor. The 2013 team starts fall practice with 17 newcomers, eight from junior colleges, joining the returning roster of 14. With the loss of seven starters from last year, Beverlin is excited to see who will separate themselves before the regular season rolls around.
"The biggest question marks are the position players," Beverlin said. "We have a lot more competition than we did last year. As a result, there's going to be a lot of very good scrimmages and practices. It's going to bring out the best in all of them."
Numbers and talent are now luxuries that Bethune-Cookman has again, after playing 2012 with just 21 on the roster. The staff believes that the best on-field product is yet to come, with the impending fall battle for standing about to start.
"It's outstanding to have numbers because of the competition," Beverlin noted. "Any time you have to compete for your position and know it's not given to you, you're going to bring it every day."
B-CU will continue practices at Bethune Point through Tuesday, Oct. 9, before moving to their regular-season home in Jackie Robinson Ballpark throughout the rest of the fall season.