Walnut Ridge, Ark. – With the spring season fast approaching, the Williams Baptist College baseball team is looking towards a successful 2015. The squad is made of a mixture of returners, transfer students and has added a talented class of freshmen.
"I have been very pleased with our fall and now early spring practices," said Head Coach Frank Lee, who is entering his fourth season as the head Eagle.
Williams returns six seniors to the 2015 team. Jon Coburn (JR/Bells, Tenn. ), Blake Coffman (SR/Keiser, Ark. ), Cogan Ford (SR/Bono, Ark), Kyle Hooker (SR/Alvin, Texas), Paul Keen (SR/McCrory, Ark.) and Mitchell Wallace (SR/Memphis, Tenn.) will all be looked upon to provide leadership.
Coffman has started at second base the past three seasons and has hit over .300 in all three years. Ford led the team in home runs last season with four in 108 at-bats, while Keen led the team with 37 strikeouts on the mound.
"We will rely on our six seniors and their experiences should help us throughout the year," added Lee.
In addition to the senior leadership, Williams has brought in newer talent to help supplement the squad and give the team much needed depth.
"We have several freshmen who will have the opportunity to earn playing time and contribute. With them, as well as a number of junior college transfers and underclassmen with significant playing time in previous years, we should have a solid season," Lee noted.
Williams will open its season on the road in Cedar Hill, Texas, against Arlington Baptist College with a four game weekend set. First pitch is scheduled for Friday, February 6th, at 12:00 p.m.
The first home game for the Eagles will be against in-state foe Central Baptist College on Friday, February 13th.
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