The University of West Florida baseball team managed to squeeze out another win on Feb. 20 at their home game versus Mobile with a final score of 5-4. This brought the No.13 team’s record up to 9-1.
While the Argos did sacrifice a win on Feb. 17 to Millersville, they have high hopes and are looking forward to pressing on and improving as they head further into the season.
“You’ve got to give [Millersville’s] pitchers credit,” said Argos head coach, Mike Jeffcoat. “They have a guy that transferred from Texas Christian, close to 90’s guy, good slider, three-quarter arm slot; he just held us at bay… They were a quality team and you know, it is baseball, it’s hard to win them all.”
The team was happy to get a win [against Mobile], but agree that they should have played better than they did.
“It’s always good to get the victory but I wasn’t very pleased with our team’s performance,” Jeffcoat said. “We had some defensive breakdowns late in the last inning. We had too many strikeouts in my opinion. We’ve got to do a better job of putting the ball in play. So even though we’re off to a good start with a 9-1 record, we still have things we’re trying to improve upon.”
“We came out with no intensity,” said Josh Tanski, pitcher for the Argos. “I think everybody was just a little bit tired. Especially when we get deep in the season, we’ve got to be able to play back-to-back games especially with the college tournament rolling around. We’ve got to bring it every day.”
West Florida and Albany State were scheduled to play a doubleheader at home on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. with a third game on Feb. 24 at 1 p.m, but the games were postponed because of bad weather. On March 2 and March 3, the Argos will be in Mississippi taking on Delta State, who is ranked No.2 in their division.
“Actually looking forward to playing Delta more than Albany,” Tanski said. “But, I mean, we can’t jump up and take any team lightly, as you can see from last night (Feb. 20), we almost got beat there in the last inning. We just have to come out there ready to play and take care of business this weekend and I’m looking forward to some revenge next weekend against Delta.”
The scoreboard is not the only thing the Argos care about though, as Casey Roberts, former Argos pitcher from ’84-’85 pointed out.
“It doesn’t matter who you play, over years, all the visiting teams here marvel over how well the field is maintained,” Roberts said. “Back then at our practice sessions, we’d have six-hour practice sessions, three hours on the field and three hours maintaining the field.”