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Archers Baseball Rebounds as Bats Heat Up in Louisiana

March 11, 2013

St. Louis Community College's baseball team is seeing its offense heat up with the weather this spring. After being held to five runs or fewer in each of their first nine games, the Archers erupted for 38 runs over four games over the last two days, as the team began its six-game road trip to the Gulf Coast.

The Archers began the trip with a 6-5 loss to Copiah-Lincoln College, but bounced back with a 7-3 win over Baton Rouge Community College on Friday. They concluded Friday by scoring 17 runs against Pensacola State University. They would need every one of them in a 17-16 victory.

We're starting to swing the bat a bit, and the approaches are definitely improving," Archers head coach Tony Dattoli said. We've had some good approaches and we've been able to take advantage of some mistakes."

STLCC split yesterday's games, with Baton Rouge Community College, a 10-9 loss and a 5-2 victory. The Archers will wrap up their Southern swing today when they take on Baton Rouge CC at 1:30 pm.

The offensive resurgence has come at a time when the Archers have struggled defensively. The Archers have managed to put together big first innings multiple times on the trip, including an eight-run first against Pensacola State and a six-run first against Baton Rouge. However, defensive miscues have kept the Archers from keeping each opponent at bay.

The team's defensive struggles have been the difference in multiple games on the young season. Though they carry a record of 5-8 into today's action, four of their losses were by a single run.

"We just need to take care of the baseball a little better defensively, and we'd be four games better," Dattoli said. "I'd like some consistency. Today is a must-win in my eyes. This is how you win series and how you win a conference championship and how you get a good regional seed. There's a big difference between being 3-1 against a team and 2-2."

The Archers will play a doubleheader at Three Rivers College on Thursday, before making their 2013 home debut on Saturday, also against Three Rivers.