Hitting, experience to carry HSU baseball

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It may be hard to believe, but college baseball season is around the corner.

The Hardin-Simmons Cowboys open their season on Feb. 9 and they've been practicing to improve on last year's 20-23 record.

HSU has been picked to finish in the middle of the American Southwest Conference, but they believe they have a couple of advantages that will help them exceed those expectations.

"This is the best line-up I've played on with guys that are hitting," senior shortstop Taylor Cooling said. "I think with all the power as have it's going to be an exciting year. We're going to put a lot of runs on the board. It'll be really fun to watch."

Cooling, a first-team All-ASC player from last season, will be a leader for the Cowboys. He hit .328 and scored a team-high 37 runs in 2017.

Another edge for HSU is their experience.

"We've got more returning position players than anybody," head coach Steve Coleman said.

Cooling, right fielder Cody Berryman, and catcher Elijah Perez highlight the returners.

"The biggest question mark, as most baseball clubs are going to be, it's going to all depend on how the pitching goes," said Coleman.

Relief pitcher Chandler Carter was named as a pre-season player to watch by the conference.

The Cowboys start the year on the road with three games in Grand Prairie. Their first home game is Feb. 27 against Schreiner.

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