After 5-1 start, baseball heads to Arizona for 10 games

By Pat Murphy

The Macalester baseball team came into this season optimistic about its prospects for success. So far, so good. Two weeks into the season, the team is 5-1 and has outscored its opponents by a staggering 50-13. The team has a talented young core of players and a brand new field, which will provide for a nice home field advantage.

The Scots have played Edgewood (Wis.), Elmhurst (Ill.), and Minnesota Morris, with the lone loss coming in the second game of a doubleheader against Edgewood. The Scots have had standout performers in every game up and down the lineup.

On offense, the top performers have been 3B Devin English ’10, C Robert Williams ’12, SS Nate Wilson-Traisman ’10 and 2B Mitch Glasser ’12.

English is hitting .647 with nine runs, five RBI, five doubles, and is slugging over 1.000%. Williams, a freshman from Los Angeles who is splitting time at Catcher, 1B, and DH, is hitting .500 with five RBI. Wilson-Traisman is batting .444 and leading the team with eight RBI. Glasser, a freshman from Chicago, is hitting .478 with eight runs, seven hits, and a pair of stolen bases. In addition to an impressive offensive start, Glasser also proved to be a jack-of-all-trades by coming in to close the first game against Elmhurst and earn the save by displaying some impressive nerves on the mound.

Some of the other top pitchers thus far have been Nick Meerson ’12, James Murrey ’10 and Eric Robinson ’10. Meerson has appeared in two games and hasn’t given up a run through three innings, while striking out three and walking none. Murrey has started two games, pitching ten innings, and has picked up a win while striking out an impressive 16 batters with an ERA of 1.80.

One strength in the pitching corps that Coach Matthew Parrington highlighted was the relievers.

“I think our relievers will be improved this year with the addition of Nick Meerson and Trevor McCalmont,” Parrington said.

The team is currently on a week break from games heading in to its spring break trip to Arizona, where it will play 10 games against some top-notch competition, including Johns Hopkins, the fifth ranked team in the country.

Parrington was happy with the start the Scots have had, but he said that the off week basically takes away the momentum that the Scots were riding. However, the break will also allow players to get healthy after a virus knocked out a good chunk of the team last week.

Players and coaches alike are excited for the competition and warm weather that will be awaiting them in Arizona.

“For us to be successful on the trip, we need to be clicking on all cylinders – both offensively and defensively,” Parrington said.