Baseball alumni return for game at Totman field

Courtesy of Athletics The Lancer baseball program is set to host its alumni baseball celebration, welcoming back former Lancers with a golf outing, home run derby and alumni game at Totman Stadium.

Before the baseball season begins, the Lancers will be hosting their annual alumni baseball game Feb. 9, while also hosting their first-ever golf outing Feb. 8.

The first golf outing will be open to the public, with tick- ets still on sale until Feb. 4. It will be held at Hidden Valley Golf Course in Norco.

Head baseball Coach Gary Adcock said he first started the alumni game as a way for current and former players, as well as supporters, to connect with one another.

“I wanted to create a time and place for our baseball alumni, community and sup- porters to get together and have a great time reconnecting with the past, see the present while keeping an eye on the future,” Adcock said. “(I wanted to) connect the present with the past and together build the future of the program.”

Adcock said he expects at least 50 former Lancers to attend the alumni game.

The day’s events will include batting practice held at 9:30 a.m., and a home run contest at 11:15 a.m. Then at noon the alumni game will begin.

The alumni game will allow current Lancer players the opportunity to play and work on their game before their season begins.

Nick Plaia, junior kinesiology major and center fielder, said he looks forward to the game and getting to play against former players.

“Playing with players from the past is fun,” Plaia said. “The former players tell us stories. We learn about how the program used to be and we get a chance to see how much we have grown as an organization from our small beginnings to now being a part of DI.”

Ryan Mota, senior sociology major and utility player, talked about his excitement for the up- coming game.

“Seeing all of the past players is always fun,” Mota said. “Getting to compete against them and getting to see them have fun and seeing that they still got it (and what excites me the most) is the possibility to face Tyson Miller.” Miller was drafted after his time at CBU.

The 2019 season will mark the Lancers first season in DI after playing in DII for many years and finishing with a 35- 19 record. Adcock said he looks forward to competing at a new level and believes his team is ready.

“We have our head down and just are working to compete at the highest level we can, giving God the glory no matter the outcome,” Adcock said. “(We are) nervous and anxious and excited — it kind of goes hand in hand. (We have) Andrew Bash, Luke Navigato and Logan Rinehart as some key players who everyone should be watching.”

Plaia added his expectations for the new season.

“(Being in DI) feels great. It has always been a dream of mine,” Plaia said. “And now that we are here it is fun because we get to prove that we belong. I am looking forward to playing against some of the teams because I will be playing against players I grew up playing with.”

Lancer baseball will open its home season Feb. 15 playing against Northern Illinois University.

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