Baseball prepares for ‘grand slam’ end to season

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The Dixie State University men’s baseball team is heading into the tail end of its season after a rough 3-5 start in April.

DSU won one of the four games against Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. The Trailblazers then traveled to Denver, Colorado, and won two of the four games against Metropolitan State University of Denver. DSU’s current record stands at 25-13.

Head coach Chris Pfatenhauer said the team has played well the past few games besides the 3-14 loss against MSU Denver. The Trailblazers came back with a 10-1 win to finish off the four game series.

“I really liked the way our guys competed throughout the whole weekend,” Pfatenhauer said. “To be on the road for the second week in a row, play the first place team in the conference and get out of there with a split, we’ll take for now.”

Lane Pritchard, a junior psychology major from Red Bluff, California, said the team has displayed talent and teamwork in recent games.

“Our last game we connected really well,” Pritchard said. “We did everything pretty well. We pitched good, hit good, [and] played good defense. That’s what we’re capable of.”

The Trailblazers have given up 67 runs in the last eight games, but haven’t had trouble scoring runs according to Pfatenhauer. They have scored 52 in the last eight games. Pfatenhauer said defense is something the team needs to improve on heading into the end of the season.

“Guys are good some days, guys are bad some days,” Pfatenhauer said. “We’re continuing to work but I think the defense is the thing we can control the most and really clean that up.”

The Trailblazers have 12 games left in the regular season. Tyson Fisher, a freshman business major from St. George, said his goal to finish out the season is to win the rest of the games.

The Trailblazers face off against the Regis University Rangers (12-25), the Colorado Christian University Cougars (11-26), and the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks (31-7).

The Trailblazers are at home this week at Bruce Hurst Field April 18-20, playing four games against Regis University. The first game of the four game series is April 18 at 6 p.m.