Dishing it out with Derek: Told you so


Last month I said that the baseball and softball teams were going to bounce back from their rocky starts, and to no surprise from me, it looks like both teams are doing just that.

Since starting 3-12, the softball team has gone 7-5 since then to bring their record up to 10-17. Obviously a losing record is nothing to brag about, but the fact they are digging themselves out of that whole is a huge step in the right direction. They are currently on a three-game-winning streak, their best stretch this season.

One of the key bright notes for the Griffons is junior outfielder Shelby Uhl has been dominant at the plate all season. Uhl hit for the cycle in a 18-2 route of Wayne State on March 17. Uhl went 4-4 with six RBIs and is currently batting .418, a team high.

The baseball team is currently red hot. They have gone 8-1 since starting 5-8 and are currently riding an eight-game-winning streak. During this winning streak, the Griffons have outscored their opponents 51-24. Coach Buzz Verduzco also earned his 541st win during this stretch, a new program-record. The record came on a walk-off victory over Washburn University on March 9, and honestly, I don’t think there’s a cooler way to set a new record other than winning at the very end.

These two teams must have remembered that they’re the two of the best teams on campus, because they’re sure playing like it now. The remaining schedule for baseball is nearly all MIAA opponents, so they’ll look to bolster their already positive conference record of 6-3. They currently sit at fifth in the MIAA, a spot they were placed in the preseason poll.

The softball team is also in the fifth spot in the MIAA standings with a 3-1 conference record. They were picked to be second in the MIAA in the preseason poll, but that spot is currently held by the Central Oklahoma Bronchos, who sport a 7-1 conference record. Western could easily catapult to this spot due to their remaining schedule being very MIAA heavy.

With both of these teams catching fire at the right time — and throwing fire as well — they could both be sleeper teams when entering the MIAA Conference Tournament. The rest of the conference shouldn’t take either of the teams lightly at all when the final stretch of the season comes upon us.