Sophomore Day Pushed Back Until Sunday

Sophomore Day Pushed Back Until Sunday

Coming off a tough road series vs the Motlow State Community College Bucks, The Volunteer State Community College Pioneers (24-16) (8-14) will look to bounce back when they host the Chattanooga State Community College Tigers (24-19) (10-11) in their final home series of the season. Weather forecasts have forced Vol State to push back the series to Sunday and Monday.  Sophomore Day Presentation will begin at 3:45 followed by the 9 inning game at 4pm on Sunday.  The two 7 inning games will now be played on Monday with first pitch set for 12pm.

Despite playing in one of the most competitive series of the season last weekend at Motlow State, where the combined score was 16-14 in favor of the Bucks, the Pioneers dropped two out of the three games played.  Although they still sit in seventh place in the conference, the Pioneers are now three games back of the third seeded Tigers and a game and a half back of the sixth-place Bucks.  The Tigers are coming off a blowout loss to Dyersburg State, who is the number one team in the conference and one of the best teams in the country.  The Tigers got swept in the three-game series and lost by a combined score of 31-6. As many teams have struggled with Dyersburg this season, the Pioneers know they can't take what happened to the Tigers last weekend for granted and they know they'll have to be ready to play.  "They're one of the best teams in the conference and we'll have to come out and play our best baseball if we're going to have a chance to win the series.  One of the main keys for us is when our pitchers get ahead in counts to make better pitches with two outs.  A lot of times in the last few conference weekends we would get two outs and lose focus and give up a walk or a hit by pitch, and next thing you know it leads to a couple of runs.  If we can fix that and pitch to our capabilities, we'll have a chance to win," said Pioneers Head Coach Ryan Hunt.  This weekend presents a unique opportunity for the Pioneers, with a sweep of the Tigers, the Pioneers could potentially move in to a tie for third-place depending on what happens in other games.  "We know if we can get healthy and get a decent seed that anything can happen in the tournament," said Hunt.  If the Pioneers are going to knock off the Tigers and move up in the standings, they will have to slow down one of the best one-two offensive punches in the conference.  Connor Morro who is third in the conference in batting average (.429) and Nico Lares who is fourth in runs batted in (44) are two of the best pure hitters in the conference.
 

The Pioneers, who have had an up and down season, expect a full house in their last home series of the season.  "When we play at home with the crowd behind us it's a whole different feeling especially when you have people there to support you.  We're hoping a lot of the fans come out since it's the last home weekend.  On Saturday (now moved to Sunday), we'll do something for the sophomores so hopefully we have a few more fans here to get us going," said Hunt.  Despite having their struggles on the road this season, the Pioneers are 17-8 at home and will look to build off that this weekend against the visiting Tigers.  For fans that can't attend Sunday's games, you can tune in and listen live to 88.5 WVCP-FM or watch the livestream video at the Vol State Baseball Twitter feed (@VSCCPioneersBSB) on Sunday and Monday.

 

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Nathan Kaly, VS class of 2018