The 2016 Southern Union Baseball team is filled with majority freshman. They will be composed of a young but very talented team.
The baseball team maintained a team GPA of a 3.1 among 41 players for the fall.
Outfield- The only sophomores returning are Rodney Tennie who batted .375 last year and Caleb Shipp. Southern Union has lots of speed from freshman Ty Herring, Jackson Hesterlee, Mark Smith, John Reed, Pierce Merry and Mathew Bishop. They will all be competing to be in the starting lineup.
Infield- The infield is lead by sophomores Trey Chapman and Logan Moseley and Tanner Knowles. Lots of freshman will be competing to earn starting spots. Raekwon Bennett (SS) Zach Brammer (INF) Trevin Bolden (1B) Chandler Burrow (C) Chase Hall (C) Hunter Stubbs (2ND) Javier Lopez (1b) Tanner Zant (3rd) Reeves Brashear (1st) Benjamin Sellers (3rd).
Pitching- The pitching staff has sophomores Conner Smith and left handed pitcher Adam Hornstra. The staff will be composed of a highly talented freshman class. A starting freshman rotation will be composed Cooper Criswell, Lucas Maldonado and transfers Stephan Poplin, Wes Bucher. The Bullpen will be lead by Jason Cornelius, Levi Hopper, Lakota Leek, Ed Lott, Connor Stephenson, Cody Willingham, Jacob Hulcher John Adcock, and Will Sheffield. First year assistant coach Kenny Faulk said, "We have lots of depth and guys that have good velocity and know how to pitch. All the pitchers will be able to compete and help us win games."
Coach Jordan had this to say about the team, "The boys worked hard this fall. We made lots of adjustments and everyone is starting to understand the mission. Win every at bat and every pitch. We play a tough fall schedule composed of Division II baseball teams in order to see where we stand. I think we have a chance to do something special this year." Coach Jordan's track record has shown that with taking every kid and after two years of development, getting them a chance to not only continue their education but also to play baseball at a four-year school.