Friday, May 18, 2007

Tough out for NSU

Mitch Gaspard and his staff gambled on this baseball season at Northwestern State.

Not in the monetary sense, but in the philosophical sense. Gaspard went for more of a quick-fix approach, bringing in scads of junior college transfers to replace the winningest class of seniors in NSU baseball history.

On Friday, the house showed its cards and NSU was on the losing side. The Demons dropped an 8-6 decision to Central Arkansas, eliminated NSU from the Southland Conference Tournament, which begins Wednesday at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches.

The Demons found some gems like shortstop Brandon Richey in this recruiting class. But given the overall roller-coaster season NSU endured -- and the Demons' inability to get hot for an extended period of time -- it will be interesting to see how Gaspard focuses his recruiting efforts going forward.


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