Wright State baseball coach Rob Cooper approached this week as if it were a tournament week, and in a way, it was because his team played in the Joe Nuxhall Classic in Cincinnati on Tuesday and Wednesday. That preceded a three-game Horizon League series at Illinois-Chicago starting today.
“The biggest thing I told my team before Tuesday’s game is we have five games that are scheduled, we can not afford to lose two games,” Cooper said. “At the end of the year in the conference tournament, you can’t lose two games. If you lose two, your season’s over. We want to start practicing being in that mindset.”
So far, so good for the Raiders. They beat Miami 10-2 on Tuesday and out-slugged Cincinnati 19-16 on Wednesday to win the Nuxhall Classic for the second straight season. Those wins followed a trip to Penn State, where the Raiders won two out of three last weekend.
“Coming off winning two of three against Penn State and then you get a chance to play two games against in-state teams and to be able to win, it’s a really good thing for sure,” Cooper said. “We appreciate the fact that we’re able to play in a tournament named after Joe Nuxhall, who meant so much to baseball in this part of the country. To win a tournament like that, it’s definitely something we’re proud of.”
Jason DeFevers and Michael Timm each had three hits Wednesday. Eight different players, including those two, had at least two hits.
Senior shortstop Justin Kopale was named MVP of the Nuxhall Classic. He was 5-for-10 with four runs scored and five RBIs in the two games.
Men’s basketball: Wright State junior AJ Pacher posted a YouTube video titled, “Wright State Basketball: All Access.”
It features a number of trick shots or dunks from every player on the team, including a between-the-legs bounce shot from half court by coach Billy Donlon — believe it or not.
Softball: Dayton swept the Raiders 6-5 and 4-0 on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Raiders fell to 7-25 on the season.
Wright State plays a three-games series at home against Green Bay this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday and one game on Sunday. That series was originally scheduled to be played at Green Bay, but it was moved to Wright State because of poor weather and field conditions at Green Bay.
The Raiders are 4-5 in the Horizon League and have won two of their three series.
Women’s track: The Raiders finished seventh out of 14 teams at the Miami Invitational last weekend. Kacia Grant finished third in the 100-meter dash (12.14) and was eighth in the 200 (26.10).
Brittany Bailey set a school record in the 800 (2:17.11) and finished eighth.