The Bucs will now scrimmage Friday-Sunday at CSU Ballpark as they move within two weeks of the season opener. CSU hosts West Virginia on Feb. 19-21 for its opening weekend.
CSU Weekend Scrimmage Schedule
Friday, Feb. 5 – 4 p.m. (CSU Ballpark)
Saturday, Feb. 6 – Noon (CSU Ballpark)
Sunday, Feb. 7 – 1:30 p.m. (CSU Ballpark)
Two sophomores pitchers turned the head of CSU head coach Stuart Lake as the Bucs officially opened practice last weekend. LHP Daniel Johnson worked five scoreless innings in last Friday's scrimmage, while RHP Tyler Weekley is starting to round into form that made him a weekend starter as a freshman two seasons ago. Lake is still trying to feel his way toward his opening weekend rotation, but is starting to like his options.
"We had some guys really pitch well last weekend," Lake said. "Daniel Johnson and Tyler Weekley were really good in their starts. I thought Evan Raynor, Jon Piriz, Kyle Dyson, and Alex Ministeri all pitched well. We're showing some options from both sides and depth. That's really encouraging."
Offensively, the Bucs were productive despite solid pitching. CSU hit over .300 as a team for the weekend, led by Cole Murphy's decisive three-run home run on Friday. Freshman Cole German added a solo home run on Sunday capping an impressive opening weekend for the freshman outfielder.
"I was happy with our production offensively," Lake added. "We were productive in situational spots and were pretty consistent all weekend. Cole German really looked like a freshman that is going to push for time as a starter. He homered and just really played well. It will be interesting to see if he can keep it going. He and (Jacob) Childress are going to give us some depth and options in the outfield. Sly (Edwards) also really swung the bat well."