April 22, 2010
By Rommel McClaney
Despite being underrated, Rams baseball has won five of the last six National Club Baseball Association World Series, back to back in 2008 and 2009. The Rams are having another impressive season and are looking for their sixth national championship.
Coach Mike Abernathy talks with his team after practice about their games vs. CU. Abernathy praises his players because of the way they win ballgames with class and skill.
Coach Mike Abernathy, his staff, and the CSU Rams baseball team can only control so much. They can't control the opposing coaching staff, the officiating, if the weather is hot, or if it rains or snows.
What they can control is the intensity they play with, being disciplined, dominating the hitter, and winning baseball games. If this is true, the Rams are very much in control.
The Rams (7-1 conference, 28-6-1 overall) who are very skilled when out on the diamond like to end games early, especially against rivals CU. Of their last 10 meetings, CSU has won 9.
"Honestly anytime we beat CU is great," says Abernathy. "The quality of their team is inferior and we should win every game against them handily. We come out with better intensity, focus, offense and we end all (4 games in series) early."
The Rams are also preparing to defend their National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) World Series title, and although champs from the last two years, the Rams dropped their first game both years and had to make an impressive comeback to win. Abernathy looks to do things differently before their trip to Fort Myers, Florida.
"We are flying in two days earlier. We usually fly in the night before but now we can rest our players and have some practice. Our hitting is always good but we want to make sure our pitchers are fresh. Then we can win that first game."
Senior microbiology major and Rams pitcher Bobby Moller looks on at Wednesday's practice. He looks forward to going out with a bang his senior year by beating CU again and winning a third national championship.
Bobby Moller has been on the mound pitching for the Rams for three and a half years.
"You have to focus on what you're doing to give your team the best chance to win," says Bobby.
Moller was voted MVP of the 2009 World Series game due to his low 1.59 ERA (earned runs allowed) and impressive 25 strikeouts. He also only allowed 14 hits and 4 runs while at the plate in 4 games.
Pitching Coach Thomas Ahrens has great faith in Bobby and the rest of his pitchers. Ahrens has been with the club for 7 years, playing for three and coaching for four. Ahrens ranks the Rams in the top three clubs in the country.
Ahrens has had a lot of potential to work with. He works with twelve pitchers, four to five which are starters, three who work as relievers and one closer.
"Right now our pitchers are good and have kept us in games," says Ahrens. When asked about post-season pitching, Ahrens will stay consistent. "We will go out and throw strikes because that's what we do."
The CSU Rams baseball team also sends out their condolences to the family and friends of former Rams football All-American, longtime CSU supporter and Rockies manager Keli McGregor. Of the CSU baseball team, some are just a Rockies fan or just a baseball fan, but the team was still sad to see McGregor go.
"Sad to see a good baseball guy pass," says Coach Abernathy. "Rockies lost a good guy in the front office. The family lost a good husband and father. We send out our best to everyone."
Coach Abernathy asks the student body and community to come out and show support for the Rams. They put out a great product and he wants everyone to come out and support the program.