At left, pitcher Todd Jeffress streches across the mound to deliver a Pioneer victory against College of the Southwest. Todd Jeffress (2-0) started the game, holding CSW scoreless until the seventh inning.
By: Sean Ditmore
•The Pioneer baseball team seems to have bounced back from a disappointing season last year. They are currently 14-0-1. The best start in Pioneer baseball history is the 21-0 start achieved by the 2004 squad.
•The current 14-0-1 record has been achieved completely away from Wilder Field. This is in stark contrast to last year’s team which was only 4-15 away from home.
•Junior starting pitcher Todd Jeffress (4-0, 0.75) tied the career record for shutouts pitched in school history during a 2-0 win over Avila University. He now has 4 career shutouts and is tied with Felix Castillo who pitched for the Pioneers from 2001-2003 and received an All-American honorable mention in 2003.
•Junior catcher Brett Sheppard leads the team in hitting thus far with a .407 batting average and 15 RBI’s. Sheppard has also thrown out 5 of the 8 runners who have attempted to steal on him.
•According to Head Coach Brad Bass, this year’s team has been carried by its pitching and defense so far. The offense is still coming around.
• “Our pitching and defense have been good and have put us where we are,” said Bass following his return from a successful trip to Arizona. “Our offense has just been okay so far, but I think playing at home will help that.”