“During the first day, the pitchers were ahead and looked really good, and on day two the hitters showed it was their day,” said Burroughs. “So it’s just like any program this time of year that is opening up. Somebody is going to leave unhappy whether it’s the pitching guys or the hitting guys.”
The Demons will try to find its way back to the Southland Conference tournament after missing 2012 tournament with a 19-32 season including a 14-19 SLC record.
“The difference in now and the fall is that now we have to figure out what our lineup is going to be,” said Burroughs. “We need to see who can play and where, and we have a limited time to do so.”The start to this season has been a bit different from past seasons because the turf at Brown-Stroud field is being replaced.
NSU returns 10 lettermen including 2012 All-SLC second team winner Will Watson. Watson was voted to the College Sports Madness All-SLC Preseason First Team. The Southland Conference will release the teams as voted on by leagues coaches and sports information directors Wednesday.
Position players that return are Matt Farmer, Mitch Huckabay, Todd Wallace, Matt Burns, Nick Purdy, and Matt Baca. Pitchers coming back are Andrew Adams and A.J. Funk.
Infielder/outfielder Edwin Gomez and pitcher Joey Parrack will headline twenty-two newcomers.
NSU will open its season Feb. 15 with at three-game series against Grambling at home in Brown Stroud Field.