SAUGET — More than 200 people gathered Sunday at GCS Ballpark to catch a sneak peak of the 2014 Lindenwood University-Belleville baseball team in action for the first time.
The Lynx hosted the annual event at their home field to kick off the fall season, playing two intersqad games accompanied by a barbeque hosted for the players, coaches and their families.
"This is the third year we've hosted Get Acquainted Day as a program, and every year we've had a great turnout from our players' families and friends," said head coach Logan Johnson. "It's a good chance for families to meet each other and really begin to feel like part of our baseball family.Our players spend every day together so it's nice that their families are able to meet one another and get acclimated with our program.We have a couple players' families volunteer their time each year to organizing and running the barbecue, and this year those families did a fantastic job planning and preparing to feed so many people.Our coaching staff is truly grateful to them for their time and efforts in making this event successful."
This year's fall schedule includes two tough competitions as the Lynx prepare to face John A. Logan College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, their first NCAA Division I matchup in program history.
This year's team returns a majority of its top players, and welcomes a handful of new talent to the field as well. Johnson is looking forward to the fall competition and seeing how his team stacks up.
"This is the first season where I can say that we've got an older group," said Johnson. "The previous two seasons the majority of our roster was underclassmen, and this year we have a lot more experience.This has been a great fall so far and the new guys are falling right in line with every aspect of the program, and I believe it's because of the experience and maturity we have returning."
The Lynx get fall ball started with a doubleheader at home this Friday against John A. Logan. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at GCS Ballpark.
"Hosting John A. Logan is a great opportunity for us to compete against a top-level junior college and see where we stack up against some of the best underclassmen in the Midwest," stated Johnson. " It's also a chance for us to recruit quality junior college players and showcase our home field."
LU-Belleville will travel to Edwardsville the following Friday, Sept. 27 for a 6 p.m. doubleheader at SIUE.
"Playing SIUE is very exciting for our program, and the players are looking forward to competing against the Cougars," said Johnson."It's a great experience to play against a Division I program and find out what we need to improve on for the spring. This should be an exciting night for everyone involved."