UALR baseball team asks ‘why not us?’
As the season opener Friday against Creighton approaches, the Trojans are more than ready. With a great senior class and a hard working team UALR baseball head coach Scott Norwood said he’s looking to add on to previous success.
“From where we started, and this is my 6th year and where we are now, I feel like it’s an opportunity like everyone else to make it to Omaha (home of the college world series),” Norwood said.
The Trojans won the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Championship, but lost to No. 1 Oregon and No. 3 Georgia in the NCAA Regionals. With newcomers like Tanner Rockwell, who made the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Team with Arkansas Baptist College in 2013, the Trojans have a lot to look forward to. Rockwell is a duel threat who can pitch and hit, said Coach Norwood.
The Trojans will look to seniors like Austin Pfeiffer, Ben Crumpton and Bryson Thionnet to help lead the team this season. The coaching staff and seniors have been putting in the work to be better than the team that went 13 – 17 in conference play last season.
“If you don’t believe you can do something you can never achieve it,” said Norwood. That’s something the coaches and players have talked about. It’s not necessarily a motto, but if you’re lingering around a Trojan game or hear players talking about the program, listen for the phrase: “Why not us.” They’ve seen other teams make it to Omaha and they feel just that way – why not us. The season begins Feb. 14