Baseball holds even record after spring training

Nate Ryan

The ISU club baseball team came away from its spring training trip to Plant City, Fla., over Spring Break with a 2-2 record. 

The team began the trip by dropping an exhibition game to the AD-STARR Free Agent Team, 4-3, before coming back and beating Tennessee 12-2.

Tennessee only had nine players on its spring training roster.

“Our bats really opened up, and we were warmed up by then,” said ISU pitcher and player-coach Jeff Peterson. “They looked a little tired.”

On March 15, the Cyclones lost to the Indiana Hoosiers, 11-4, in a 9 a.m. start.

“It was a little early for us,” Peterson said. “I don’t think we were quite awake for that game.”

The team lost another tough game Wednesday, losing to Bradley, 10-0.

“We were just flat all-around,” Peterson said. “Bradley was on their toes, ready to go and just came out firing.”

On the final day of the trip, the Cyclones began the day losing to the University of Wisconsin’s Division II team in an exhibition game 2-1, but later beat Wisconsin’s Division I team with a 6-5 score.

Wisconsin scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning, but left the bases loaded.

“It was a close battle that came down to the end,” Peterson said. “It was great to see the team pull together at the end of the week.”

Sophomore outfielder Brad Hallman was one player who stood out for the Cyclones. Hallman played outfield and was a designated hitter for Iowa State.

“Brad had very solid at-bats and was very good at getting on base for us,” Peterson said.

Sophomore Jon Chapman was another player pointed out by Peterson. Chapman was the losing pitcher when the team faced Bradley. 

“He threw a very solid game, but [Bradley] was just hitting the ball well,” Peterson said. “He just didn’t get any offensive support.”

The Cyclones are back in action Saturday when they host Saint Louis University. First pitch is scheduled for noon.