Owls hope to make history

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PRESQUE ISLE, Me (WAGM) - The UMPI baseball team has high hopes for this season. The team has a goal of making the USCAA playoffs and to do that they need to make history first.

"We're looking to win some games. We'd like to break the school's record of 16 wins and so far it's been a decent start," said senior Brady Rowe.

"It's something we've kind of had in mind as one of our goals ever since I got here. We started our chances of that right by beating the Apprentice school on our February trip who was the USCAA national champion last year," added head coach Mike Pankow.

Adam Begos is one of four seniors on the squad and says the expectations of this years team are different than when he first stepped onto campus.

"My first year was also coach Pankow's first year so we've kind of seen the program grow together. Started out not winning too many games that first year, but we've gotten to the point now where we expect to win," Begos said.

The Owls are in the middle of a spring break road trip that has them playing 13 games in 9 days. The long stretch of games will test the depth of the roster.

"We're in the major league portion of our schedule. But you're a college ballplayer what else would you want to do on spring break other than go play ball everyday and get up and go to the yard and have a good time. So the guys are looking forward to it and we're excited," Pankow explained.

"It was a good confidence booster to get two wins on our last trip. So we're hoping to keep rolling with that. Our bats are getting better and our defense is getting better, so we're hoping to keep rolling and keep getting wins," Rowe added.

Speaking of road games, UMPI will spend most of their season traveling as they only have a pair of home games. As a result the team has become close knit and doesn't look at the situation as a disadvantage.

"It's going to be a grind, but that's baseball. We just have to show up to the park everyday and have the right mindset and be ready to go," Begos said.