Congratulations to Baseball for being named the Club Sport of the Month for the month of April! I had the privilege of speaking with the club vice president and head coach, Matt Cowart, to find out some great information about the club.
1. What is a tradition your team has?
The biggest tradition our team has is to allow our players to play at least one series in Clements Stadium per season. Most of our players had scholarship opportunities coming out of high school but chose to turn them down to pursue academics here at Georgia Southern. Being able to play in Clements Stadium lets the players get a small taste of college baseball.
2. Why do you like playing Club sports at Georgia Southern?
Playing club sports is the most enjoyable experience for me while at Georgia Southern. Having played baseball since I was five years old, club baseball gave me the opportunity to continue playing the game that was so hard to walk away from at the end of high school. In addition, club sports provide the opportunity to relax your mind and stop thinking about schoolwork for a few hours a week. I believe that club sports provide a great outlet for the participants that will overall lead to well-rounded students.
3. How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
Our team practices twice a week, generally on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Typical practices last about two hours. Each practice begins the same with light running, stretching, warming up, and then a round of infield/outfield. After that, we work on the areas that we struggled with the most during the previous weekend’s games.
4. What is it like to travel and play different schools?
Travelling to play at different schools is always fun for the guys on the team. They get to see a different city and spend more time with their teammates than they do while here at Georgia Southern. This leads to greater bonds between the players, which benefits the team both on and off the field.
5. What is your best memory while playing in tournaments?
My best memory while playing with the club baseball team is this entire current season. With this being a season for rebuilding, it was hard to stay optimistic while approaching the beginning of the season. But as the season has progressed, our team has come together and shown steady improvement each series. It has been a joy to see the way this year’s team, including the returning players, have had a completely optimistic attitude from day one this season.
6. What if someone is interested in playing baseball? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
If anyone is interested in playing club baseball they can find our team information on the CRI website and contact Ben Smith or myself, our contact info is on the website. We hold tryouts during the fall and this information will be posted on the website closer to the upcoming fall semester.