Baseball is the last thing on the minds of many people during this freezing weather.
The cold temperatures not stopping the Albany State baseball team from their first practice of the spring.
Monday is the first day of practice for Division II teams and the Rams were ready to go according to coach Edward Taylor.
The coach though has some work to do after four players, including three pitchers, did not make their grades for this semester.
Despite the losses, the Golden Rams believe they can compete for the SIAC title with infielders Brandon Marcus and DeMarcus Price returning.
Coach Taylor is counting on defense to back up a pitching staff that is still expected to be strong even with the loss of three pitchers to academics.
Edward Taylor said. "We are stressing pitching and defense. We don't have the big hitters like we had last year but we have a lot of pitching this year. Hopefully that will carry us where we need to go. We have got a little bit more this year I believe. We have got about 14 pitchers this year and a couple of position players that pitch also. It is looking pretty good as far as the bump goes."
The Rams open the baseball season at home February 1 against Concordia College.
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