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  • Arms race for Saint Mary baseball

  • Like 2012, this year’s Saint Mary squad will be defined by its pitching and defense.
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  • Team: University of Saint Mary baseball
    Last year’s record: 25-28 overall, 17-11 conference
    Coach: Rob Miller, 11th year
    Key returnees:
    Doug Caldwell, right-handed pitcher; 3.63 ERA, 8-2 and second-team KCAC in 2012
    Travis Quick, catcher; .252, 26 RBIs, two home runs and KCAC gold glove recipient last season
    Kevin Joyce, second baseman; .305, 52 hits and 22 RBIs last year
    Joe Haak, first baseman; .365, 62 hits, 35 RBIs, 20 doubles and second-team KCAC in 2012
    Newcomers to watch:
    Nolan Almodovar, outfield transfer
    Andrew Clark, outfield transfer
    Taylor Mowatt, infielder transfer
    Grant Arnold, freshman infielder
    Ricky Diza, pitcher transfer
    Team Outlook: STRENGTHS — Like 2012, this year’s Saint Mary squad will be defined by its pitching and defense.
    Caldwell returns to lead a rotation that is nearly set along with a bullpen that is senior-laden.
    Defensively, the team welcomes back two conference gold glove winners as well as most of its infield.
    WEAKNESSES — Also like last season, the Spires will need to find ways to produce runs.
    Gone is first-team shortstop Devin Hupp and in are several outfielder transfers that Miller hopes can kick start his lineup.
    “We will hope to score more runs this year with the addition of some more speed and better on-base percent types in the lineup.”
    As of Wednesday, the batting order was still in flux.
    Big games: Season opener Friday at University of Science and Arts; Home opener Feb. 16 vs. Dakota State University; Conference opener vs. Sterling March 15; At Kansas University April 3
    Coach says: “It’s going to come down to whether we can hit again. I know we have the pitchers and defense to compete, so we got to score some runs.”
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