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February 13, 2014

TU baseball eyes weekend road series


Thomas coach Mike Lee is well aware of how hot his team has started.

The Night Hawks are 5-1 (3-0) and have cushioned themselves early this season with a balanced rapport.

Thomas bats are hitting .361 and its pitching boasts a .166 opposing average.

“I certainly like where we are right now,” Lee said. “[Balance] was something we talked about and worked on all offseason.”

But Lee is quick to shun an optimistic outset. His Night Hawks, after all, were in a comparable position a year ago having started 8-2 (3-0) before dropping 24 of their final 39.

So how will he instill a consistent winning mentality without glancing too far to the future.

“I think it’s a matter of forgetting what you’ve done and concentrating on what you need to do,” Lee said. “It’s easy to sit back and think we should beat them based on what we’ve done. But if you start thinking like that, you forget the things that need to happen to win a ballgame.”

“All it takes is a couple of missed opportunities or one bad hope and then you’re in a hole you can’t get out of,” Lee said.

The Night Hawks will send their two aces, Kurt Gens and Ben Overman, to the hill in the first two games of the weekend series, at Webber International.

The Warriors are 6-5 after winning Wednesday’s doubleheader over Johnson University. 

Their plate performances have been mixed. Webber has combined to hit just .244, but its top three batters are all above .316. Fourth best is at .292.

Lee said he spoke with Webber coach Brad Niethammer on Thursday.

“They’ve had a rough going trying to get people healthy. He likes his team, but was a little disappointed with their pitching this weekend,” Lee said of Niethammer, whose squad dropped two of three on the road at USC-Beaufort.

Thomas and Webber played a three game series this weekend a year ago, with the Warriors taking two from the Night Hawks.

First pitch today is at 6 p.m. Tomorrow’s doubleheader begins at noon.

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