Men’s baseball set to open conference play this weekend

By Ben Brown

The men’s baseball team will kick off conference play today against Bluffton University.

The team continues play Saturday with a double header against Bluffton.

So far the team is 5-5 on the season. The team is also struggling at home going 1-3. Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 2.25.16 PM

Senior Tyler Ison said he knows that the team is capable of turning things around quickly heading into conference play.

“We’ve struggled offensively early on this season but I expect our bats to start rolling and getting timely hits as we start conference play this weekend,” Ison said.

He also said that the beginning games this season will prove very helpful for the team.

“I think that the games that we have played so far early on this season has helped us mentally prepare for what we need to accomplish,” Ison said. “These games have allowed us to get some jitters out and build up some confidence as we embark on conference play.

In the preseason polls Franklin was selected to finish fourth in the conference. Manchester University was selected as the early favorite. Rose-Hulman and Anderson were close in points but come in at second and third respectively.

Ison said he believes that Franklin is the best team in the conference. He said part of that is the depth the team has in the roster.

“I believe our team has the chance to do something special this year,” Ison said. “We have depth everywhere in the lineup, where we haven’t in previous years. I strongly believe that we are the best team in the conference and have a very good chance at winning conference if we play the way we are capable of playing and execute when we need to.”

At this point in the season, Franklin sits in eighth place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Seventh place is Bluffton with a 7-5 record.

“Our team has a very strong bond,” Ison said. “We push each other and hold each other accountable for standards and goals that we have. Our hard work and effort off the field has helped us build strong team chemistry that is vital for winning championships.”

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations. When she isn't staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible. This is Ashley's third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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