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Cowboys baseball picks up after near-miss

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ABILENE, Texas - The Hardin-Simmons baseball team started practice on Monday, picking up after a season where they barely missed their goal of winning the American Southwest Conference Tournament.

"If anything it's gotten us more fired up," junior shortstop and pitcher Taylor Cooling said. "We got a taste of what it's like to be a really good baseball team, and I think has fueled us through this off-season and has gotten ready to start right now."

The Cowboys forced a third game in the championship series, but ultimately fell against UT-Tyler. That sting has the returning players, including All-Americans Jack de Luna and Cooling, hungrier than ever.

"But, we also recognize each year is a new year, new opportunities," head coach Steve Coleman said. "We certainly have a lot of returning players, but we also have some new ones, so each year does take on its own identity."

Coleman also enters his 20th year as HSU's skipper.

"It means I'm gettin' old is what it means. Twenty years go by, and it's like where'd the time go? But I'm honored to be able to be here."

The Cowboys will start this season with games in Grand Prairie against Texas Lutheran, UT Dallas and the University of Dallas on the weekend of February 10.

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