The Night Hawks make a much-anticipated return to Varnedoe Field with a three-game, non-conference series against Edward Waters.
Saturday’s doubleheader at 1 p.m. will feature a Military Appreciation ceremony in conjunction with the National Guard Armory, which is hosting a same-day event for children with military families. Kids can participate in various drills and a boot camp – all in good fun – “to learn about things that their parents do in the military,” Andrew Brown, TU Community Relations and Event Management specialist, said.
The Night Hawks are coming off a winning series last weekend at then-NAIA No. 24 Southeastern, in which Thomas took two of three from the Fire.
The team returned to the practice field on Friday after a few days off to regroup and recover from soreness and other entailments to the grind of the season, which has now reached the two-month mark.
Thomas (20-16, 14-7) all but secured a berth in the Sun Conference Tournament with last weekend’s pair of victories, and has just 12 games remaining – of which six are against conference opponents – until the postseason, which begins May 2 in Fort Myers, Fla.
The Night Hawks have bulked their batting to .290, up from .283 before the Southeastern series, though coach Mike Lee wants to bolster that number before season’s end.
“Any time we’re under .300, I’m certainly not satisfied,” the coach said last week. “But in looking at it, we’ve really seen some good pitching over the last few weeks.”
Third-place Thomas will resume Sun Conference play next weekend against No. 5 Warner after a Tuesday road tilt versus Auburn-Montgomery in Ozark, Ala.