Baseball number 1
Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 15:01
With multiple starters coming back from the national championship team last season, Utah State’s club baseball team isn’t looking to slow down, and the nation has noticed.
The 2013 preseason National Club Baseball Association rankings were announced this past week with the Aggies retaining the No. 1 position after their strong finish last year.
“Its a great honor,” said club president and captain Garrett Schiffman. “Its something that obviously is due to our success last year.”
The Aggies received 13 of 19 first-place votes to top the list. Rival Colorado State, whom the Aggies defeated in the championship game last year, was ranked second. Utah State will travel to Fort Collins, Colo. in late March for a four-game series with the Rams.
Schiffman said he wasn’t surprised with the news.
“We’ve returned a lot of guys,” he said. “We do deserve to be No. 1, we feel like we are No. 1 and we’ll continue to work hard so that we can stay there the whole year.”
The Aggies open the season Feb. 15 at the College of Southern Idaho. They are practicing indoors with a focus to defend their national title until then, Schiffman said.
“Its something that we have to go out and continue to earn each week.” he said. “As long as we take it one game at a time, we’ll be fine.”