Loper baseball playing with house money
KEARNEY, Neb. —
Nebraska-Kearney baseball finishing the regular season by dropping two of three on the road to Missouri Western State, but it's a weekend in the rear view mirror.
Now the Lopers turn their attention to the MIAA tournament which begins on Thursday, an event UNK has never won a game in since joining the conference in 2012.
"Just survive and advance," said head coach Damon Day. "It's no different than March Madness or anything like that. You have to win and that's what we plan to go down there and do."
The Lope show not only needs to win a game, but also the MIAA championship, in order to secure a bid to the NCAA-II tournament.
Pressure is nothing new for this group as the program has been playing under a dark cloud since the announcement to cut the team early in the season.
"I think the fact the program is ending, that pressure has subsided," said Day. "I think that really ended the last home stand. Our guys went out this weekend versus Missouri Western and you could tell that burden had been lifted off of their shoulders, and I'm glad to see that."
Because of the tremendous weight placed on the program with the administration's decision to cut the program at the end of this year, UNK says their plan is to play with house money when the tourney begins and roll with the punches.
"Teams can look towards next year, but as far as our group of guys, this is it for us," senior Dallas Schramm said, who is one home run shy of becoming the school's all-time leader. "We're going to go out, play as a team, play together and work our butts off."
UNK won two of three meetings in their only series this year with Pittsburg State. The No. 5 Lopers play 4–seed Gorillas on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Warrensburg, Mo. Tune in to NTV News all week with coverage from