Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The start of February marks the beginning of baseball season across the Mid-South, and the Williams Baptist College Eagles are gearing up for another year on the diamond. The Eagles baseball team is coming off one of its most successful seasons in program history, having made the 2015 American Midwest Conference Tournament for the first time in 12 seasons. They also won a game in the tournament for the first time in program history.
WBC finished last season in a tie for seventh place in the AMC and upset Benedictine University-Springfield in the tournament. Williams also won 18 games, which ties for the most wins in a single season since 2002. This season's squad looks to build upon last season's success.
"We returned the majority of our position players and staff, so we feel we can make a deeper run in the tournament," said WBC Head Coach Frank Lee.
Williams has 11 seniors on this year's team, which is the most the team has had in several seasons. The experience and leadership will be a factor for the team this year.
"We brought back three seniors that had quality time for us on the mound and five to six position players that will contribute significantly to the success of this team," stated Lee.
In addition to the upperclassmen, WBC has added a deep recruiting class that will bring depth to the squad.
"Due to this year's recruiting class, I feel that we are two to three deep in every spot," added Lee.
The Eagles will open their 2016 season against Ottawa University on Friday, February 5. The doubleheader against Ottawa is scheduled for a 12 p.m. start, at WBC's Shell Field. The Eagles will also play OU on Saturday in a doubleheader, beginning at 12 p.m., to wrap up the four game set.