That meant 7 to 8 inches of snow piled on the playing surface at the
"If you put the tarp on the field, now you've got seven inches of snow, and then you have ice, and when you're getting ice off the tarp, now you ruin your tarp," said Riginos. "That's what we did last year, that Sunday for a tournament, and it was an absolute monster. I wasn't gonna make that mistake again, so we just left it off."
Riginos is banking on the experience of his previous three seasons as
"I think we need to take another jump. Have I thought the process is a little slower than anticipated? Yeah I thought last year was going to be a bigger jump," he said. "The defensive numbers, the pitching numbers have gone up. Last year we did a really good job in midweek games where previous years we had a really tough time competing in the midweek, and so now I just think we've got to do a better job in conference and on the weekends.
"But I think, I know I believe, it's going in the right direction."
The Eagles finished 21-33 last spring, 8-15 in the Big South. In the fourth year of Riginos' run at the helm, the Eagles need to improve dramatically in one critical area: offensive production.
Pitching and defense kept the Eagles afloat, if barely.
"Our pitching/defense kept us in it last year and we just couldn't score enough runs," he said. "Our defensive numbers and our pitching numbers were overall very respectable. That's where we've made an emphasis this year, that we've just got to get better from the offensive side. I think if we improve offensively, we have a chance to have a really good year."
Guts can't be relied on in every game. Riginos signed three junior college players with the goal of improving his team's offensive firepower immediately. Outfielder/catcher
"If we started Friday, all three would be in the lineup," Riginos said.
Only two Eagles hit .300 or better last season, senior
That puts more pressure on the continued development of sophomores
"I think that's the benefit of playing those guys early," said Riginos. "They may take their lumps their freshman years, but by the time they're sophomores, juniors, the progression and development is gonna help us out in the long run. Hopefully, you're gonna see that this year."
"It really takes us 20 games to find out the roles,' said Riginos. "
"We've got some guys but we've got to put them in those situations and see how they perform," said Riginos.
Eager to get the season underway, the Eagles may have to wait just a little longer.
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