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The 2014 Raider Baseball squad are the 3-time defending Western Division Champs, and know they have a target on their backs going into the Spring season. It's difficult to replace a 4th round draft pick and the Conference Player of the Year, but Coach Kevin Davis and his staff return a strong group of sophomores, and did a great job in the off season of replenishing the pitching staff and strengthening the offensive punch in the Raider line up.
The starting rotation is anchored by one of last season's standouts, Darrien Moran. The 2013 All-NWAACC selection and West Division 1st Team All-Star, compiled a record of 9-1 record, with a 1.68 ERA. Returning from TJ surgery, red-shirt sophomore Ryan Schmitten hopes to return to his 2012 form, when he led the NWAACC with a mind-boggling 0.78 ERA, and a 7-1 record. He was an All-NWAACC and West Division 1st Team All-Star in 2012. Cole Uvila (SO), Cobi Beal (FR), and Matt Fish (FR), look to round out the starting rotation, with sophomores Heath Dempsey and Kyle Kornegay taking on the middle relief duties.
Offensively, the Raiders look to have added some much needed pop to the line-up this season. Sophomore outfielders Jeff Nelson and DJ Gee, along with infielders Colton Nash and Brett Oyer, will lead the team's offensive attack. Freshmen Luke Heyer and Rayven Kahana will bring the big wood to the plate.
Defensively, the Raiders look solid around the infield, and should have one of the top outfields in the NWAACC. This year's goal? Another West Division crown, and a return trip to the NWAACC Tournament.