By Zach Gray — Sports Editor
While many students used spring break to travel or get away from school, the Lasell College baseball and softball teams travellled to Florida not to soak up the sun, but to prepare for the upcoming season. Because of the New England weather, the teams are stuck inside the gym for most of the preseason practices. The trip south to warm weather almost guarantees the teams playing 10 games each.
“Our spring trip to Florida is a major part of our season,” said Greg Harjula, head coach of the baseball team. “We use the trip as a time to see what improve- ments players have made since the fall and to figure out who our best nine players are for the remainder of our season.” Harjula added that the wide range of competition allows the coaching staff to evaluate every player in multiple games.
The baseball team was shorthanded on its trip this spring because five returning players did not go, which allowed many to get more playing time than usual. But miss- ing the five players proved to be detrimental to the team’s performance, as the Lasers lost all 10 games in Florida. Lasell was outscored 95-37 during spring training.
“Our pitching and defense struggled tremendously in Florida,” said Harjula. “But there were a few players who took advantage of the opportunities presented to them and will play major roles for us the rest of the year.”
Even with the woes of starting the season 0-10, Harjula is still positive.
“Now that we are back to full strength for the remainder of our season, I see the tide turning on our outcomes,” said Harjula. “We all learned a lot about ourselves as a team on our trip.”
The softball team struggled as well, as they were outscored 83-19 and commit- ted 19 errors in their 10 losses in Florida. Upon returning from Florida, the baseball team won its first two games back north, defeating Eastern Nazarene College 3-1 in 10 innings, as well as Newbury College 6-5, thanks to a walk-off single by senior Matt Mahoney.
The softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at home to St. Joseph College 3-0 and 13-3 on March 20.