Logger Baseball Set To Open 2011 Campaign
Three of the Loggers top-5 hitters and the winningest pitcher from 2010 return for the 2011 season. Casey Coberly, Matt Cox and Dakota Resnik will lead the Loggers at the plate while second team All-NWC pitcher Matt Robinson will lead the Loggers on the mound.
The departure of two-time All-American Mark Rockey left an obvious hole in the middle of the Loggers lineup, but a crop of freshman and a solid core of returning players should have no trouble filling that gap. Resnik, a senior, is looking forward to a record-breaking season as several Logger career records lie well within his grasp.
Michael Olsen currently holds the career doubles record with 37, but it won't take long for Resnik to leap frog his former teammate as he has 36 career doubles entering the 2011 season. The senior infielder also is just 15 hits shy of becoming the Loggers all-time hit leader. He is on pace for another handful of career records, including runs scored, total bases and games started.
Resnik is just one of four returning Loggers to his over .300 last year. Coberly and Cox also hit well over .300 and earned Honorable Mention on the All-NWC team last spring. Andrew Grady also hit .312 to round out the over .300 club from 2010.
On the mound, Robinson will look to continue his dominance after a stellar freshman season. As a freshman, Robinson posted an 8-2 record and a 5-1 mark in NWC games. Both marks were tops on the Logger staff. He also held a 5.45 overall ERA but bettered that in NWC games with a 4.86 ERA against conference foes. At the end of the season, he was tabbed as a second team All-NWC pitcher.
Nathan Aguiar, Taylor Volz and Cameron Duvall are the only other pitchers returning that saw significant time in 2010. A young pitching staff will look to mature quickly as Duvall is the lone senior on the staff.
After a 19-21 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the NWC in 2010, the Loggers will be looking to jump over the .500 mark for the first time since 2004. Although the 2011 squad will be youthful, the talent continues to grow and expectations continue to rise for the Logger baseball program.