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A UNT baseball team excites club players

A UNT baseball team excites club players

A UNT baseball team excites club players
October 16
19:13 2013

Akshay Mirchandani / Staff Writer

UNT has not had a Division-I baseball team since 1988, but that could change next year after the athletic department received funding to potentially start a baseball team in a regents’ finance committee in September.

If the program was approved, there wouldn’t be any consequences for the Mean Green club baseball team. In fact, the team would welcome it.

“They’re excited,” said finance junior Johnny-Angel Hernandez, baseball club team president. “They know they’re in control of certain parts of their future. By working hard every day and practicing and getting better than that just betters them and gives them a better shot of making the varsity squad when it gets here.”

The addition of a baseball program would not mean the end of the club team despite some players joining the actual baseball team.

“We’ll try and keep it going as much as it has been,” said English junior and club team catcher Josh Dickerson. “Obviously, most of our talent is probably doing to go to the Division-I team, but we’ll still treat it the same way we would if we didn’t have a Division-I team. Practice hard, play hard and do well in our league.”

Members of the team definitely feel like they have the talent to make the actual team should it arrive – however, there would players that stay with the club. There could also be mutual benefits between the two squads.

“Usually the school with the Division-I teams will most of the time have a better club team,” said junior construction engineering and technology major Robert Pleasants, a starting pitcher for the club team. “Guys who don’t make the Division-I NCAA team will try out for the club team. You have some guys from schools looking to walk on that don’t necessarily know they’ll make it.”

Dickerson said that members of the club team have a really good chance to make the actual team should it actually get here.

“A few of them actually have a really good shot of making the team,” Dickerson said. “There are some that are probably going to be able to stay on the club team but a few of them, if they practice hard enough and keep it up, they could make the Division-I team pretty easily.”

The Denton and Dallas-Fort Worth area is filled with talented high school baseball players and Hernandez said it could help both the club team and Division-I team.

“DFW has some of the best talent in the state of Texas. This place is so baseball-hungry. It doesn’t matter where you look, you’re always going to see a baseball field,” Hernandez said. “It doesn’t matter where you’re at – you’re going to see a baseball field somewhere. The talent here is remarkable.”

Freshman outfielder Marshall McKee stands in the batter’s box and  awaits a pitch during a game against Texas Christian University on  Friday at Mac Park. Feature photo courtesy of UNT Club Baseball Team

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