Last year was one of the toughest seasons the Red Hawks baseball team has had in a while. The team had a record-breaking 14-game losing streak, one of the longest in the team’s history. The Red Hawks struggled with leadership and lacked experience all around due to the team being comprised of mostly underclassmen.
With their new coach Dave Lorber just recently being hired, the Red Hawks are looking forward to trying to achieve their first winning season since 2016.
Lorber has had quite the success story in his past baseball experience. In his previous season at Stockton University as head coach, he nearly doubled the teams winning total, which included a 10-game winning streak. Lorber has also led Stony Brook University to the College World Series in 2012.
These accomplishments make Lorber exactly what the Red Hawks need in order to have a successful season. The Red Hawks have eight seniors, including veteran catcher Justin Bates, who was particularly upset last year after the Red Hawks lost 11 games in a row.
Bates expressed that there was a lack of caring in the team and that is what ultimately hurt them in the end.
Since Lorber’s start as head coach, the dynamic of the team has changed dramatically, creating a sense of brotherhood. The Red Hawks are hoping to translate this brotherhood from off the field to on the field.
Although Lorber was announced as head coach just a few weeks ago, expectations are high for the Red Hawks.
Lorber’s coaching strategy and the team’s progress will be put to the test starting Feb. 22, where they will travel to the Catholic University of America for three games there. The team will then visit Ferrum College in Virginia for four games before opening up at Yogi Berra Stadium on March 6 against Yeshiva University.