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Baseball Primed for Inaugural Year
Jan. 29, 2013
The Georgia Gwinnett baseball team is primed to take the field this spring, tackling a 55-game slate as it brings our nation’s pastime to Gwinnett County at the intercollegiate level.
Head coach Brad Stromdahl says his squad is eager to measure itself with a challenging schedule as this group lays the program’s foundation.
“We have built a very competitive schedule that will test our program in its first season,” says Stromdahl. “We will have the opportunity to establish our team, see where we stand and continue to improve. We will face some of the best teams in the country as we play eight games against teams from last year’s national top 25 and we are excited about building toward that challenge.”
The team will play at the beautiful new Grizzly Baseball Complex, part of GGC’s Varsity Athletics Complex on campus. The venue will feature a natural grass playing surface with drainage and irrigation systems, seating for approximately 800 fans and a press box to accommodate game day media.
The field is just steps away from a first-rate Athletics building that houses team locker rooms, training areas and coaches’ space.
While the baseball facility is completed, the Grizzlies will open their season with several road series. The team will begin with contests in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina before opening their new home in Lawrenceville. The schedule will be home-heavy in March and April, giving fans a chance to experience the action on campus as the weather traditionally warms up.
The team’s active roster this spring is entirely made up of Georgia natives, including 10 with ties to Lawrenceville or Gwinnett County. The opening day squad features one senior, 11 juniors, two sophomores and nine freshmen. Eight pitchers are backed up by eight infield options, four outfielders and three choices behind the plate.
“We really spent the fall bringing together a diverse group of guys, having them understand what our philosophy is on the coaching staff, in our Athletics department and at Georgia Gwinnett College,” adds Stromdahl. “Now that it’s time to hit the field, we want to play the game the right way, be hard-nosed and just compete out there. We can put a good product on the field by doing the things we’re supposed to be doing as a team and as coaches.”
The Grizzlies will open the season at Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C., with a three-game series Feb. 9 and 10.
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