9 central Illinois players look to improve LCU baseball
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[March 04, 2013]
The 2013 season looks
promising for the Lincoln Christian University baseball program as a
result of head coach Chris Headrick's efforts in recruiting during
the offseason. This season's roster features seven returning players
and 13 new players. This is the largest group of newcomers the
program has seen in the past eight years. Of the 20 players, nine
are central Illinois products.
Commenting on his expectations for the season, Headrick said: "We
will be very strong and deep defensively. Our group of outfielders
is the quickest I have ever been around, and they are able to make
big plays at any time. We have solidified a couple of positions in
the infield, and as long as we make the routine plays every game, we
will be competitive."
The nine players with central Illinois roots
will have ample opportunity to contribute to improving on last year.
Sophomore Ty Unger (Lincoln) will be returning at first base, with
the potential to be the cleanup hitter in the batting order and
improve on his .264 batting average from last year. Junior Chris
Krause (Mount Zion) returns for his junior year as a team captain
and starting catcher. He will look to improve on his .210 batting
average from last year, and he'll bring with him his impressive .907
fielding percentage. Mitchel Brannock (Heyworth) will be looking to
contribute as a freshman in the outfield as he comes to LCU from
Heyworth High School.
LCU's pitching rotation will be one to watch this year. Senior
Justin Walen (Shelbyville) was ranked in the top three of many NCCAA
Division II baseball categories last year. Two big additions in the
offseason were sophomores Micah Wolfe and Joey Burge. Wolfe
transferred in from Northwestern Ohio University, an NAIA school.
Burge (Lincoln) will be looking to contribute as he transfers in
from John Wood Community College with experience on the mound. All
three of these individuals will make up the front end of what should
be a very competitive starting pitching rotation. They will look to
improve on the 8.13 ERA of the 2012 pitching staff. They also hope
to improve on the 4-18 record that LCU posted last year.
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"There is a sense of renewal for the guys this year," according
to coach Headrick. "They are starting to figure out the potential
that we have. As long as they keep their confidence up, there is no
reason we shouldn't have one of the best seasons that LCU has seen
in a while."
The Red Lions will open their season on Wednesday in St. Louis,
Mo., where they face St. Louis Christian College.
For the complete season
schedule, visit the LCU website at
LCU's School of Undergraduate Studies is a member of the National
Christian College Athletic Association, Division II. Founded in
Lincoln in 1944, Lincoln Christian University's three schools -- the
School of Undergraduate Studies, the Hargrove School of Adult &
Graduate Studies, and the Seminary -- share a mission to nurture and
equip Christians with a biblical worldview to serve and lead in the
church and the world.
[Text from file
received from Lincoln Christian University]