Zamora and Dotson both showed flashes a year ago and Rhodes is an intriguing prospect at 6-5 and 170 pounds. He is a hard thrower that will have to adjust quickly to the college game but has a huge upside.
Senior Parker Robinson, Chas Quisenberry, Reagor, Wise, Paul Simmons and Trey Doebbler are expected to throw out of the bullpen.
“We have plenty of options on the mound,” said Coleman. “We have seen flashes from all of them at times. We are looking for a couple of guys that can eat some innings and we want some guys to step up and be consistent so we know what we are getting from outing to outing.”
The back end of the game will be reserved for closer Tyler Brunnemann. The hard-throwing righthander that consistently throws in the low 90’s is a tough matchup for most Division III hitters. He stuck out 55 batters in 33 innings a year ago and was 3-1 with five saves and a 1.64 ERA.
“Tyler has proven to be one of the best arms we have ever had,” said Coleman. “He has a great fastball, but he has worked hard on his other pitches as well and that is what has pushed him to another level. We are confident when we put the ball in his hands that good things are going to happen.”
The Cowboys have to be ready to go from day one. Rather than easing into what is an already difficult schedule the Cowboys will open in a season-opening classic in Arizona and then come home and go to Texas-Tyler for three games and to Southwestern.
“Our first eight games are on the road against some very talented teams,” said Coleman. “It won’t decide our ultimate fate, but as far as regional rankings and being where we want to be in the end it is important to get off to a good start. Having a veteran squad will help with that. Baseball, no matter the type of bat, or the level comes down to the same three things – pitching, defense and timely hitting.”
HSU plays 39 of its 40 games against West Region Division III teams, including a three-game set with West region perennial favorite Chapman. HSU has four of its six ASC West series at home this year, including the final series with longtime rival Texas Lutheran and also two-time defending ASC champion Concordia.
Information provded by HSU athletics department.