Coming into the season just a year or two older than most of the players, Assistant Coach Matt Hibbitts said his youth is a plus for the team.

“I’m 24-years-old. You know, I still have a players mentality sometimes when I get out there and practice,” he said. “It’s a blessing being young, 24, talking to the kids because it’s easy to get through to them, but also at the same time, they almost think you’re a player so you have to hit that fine line of a player and coach way of getting through to them.”

This is Hibbitts first season coaching collegiate ball and he said it’s been a great experience for him.

“It’s been a blast so far,” he said. “I’m learning more and more everyday. It’s been fun.”

While the team started off strong, they’ve struggled a bit in the last few weeks. Placement in the conference tournament will depend on how well the next few conference series go.

“We’ve got four conference series left,” he said. “It’s coming down to the wire where we’ve got to try and come out and play really some good baseball.”

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