UD Men’s Baseball 2024 Preview

Pictured is the University of Dayton Men’s Baseball Team. Photo courtesy of University of Dayton Athletics.

Andrew Wagner | Contributing Writer

Integrating new players into the University Dayton baseball program and a continuing dedication to player development are the focal points for the Flyers as they prepare for the 2024 spring season, head coach Jayson King said.

“The off-season was very good. Just assimilating the new guys into our program and continuing to build the culture the way we want. I believe that we did a very nice job of both of those things,” King said in a written response to this interviewer, emphasizing a commitment to fostering a team atmosphere while honing individual talents.

The blend of seasoned players and promising newcomers has the Flyers poised to make a statement in the Atlantic 10 Conference after finishing last season 26-34 overall, 15-9 in the A-10, securing a fourth-place finish.

“We want to prove that we are tough and competitive daily and from pitch to pitch,” King wrote, reflecting on the team’s journey and resilience.

Last season, first baseman Marcos Pujols earned second-team honors in the A-10 all-conference selections – a testament to the Flyers’ individual prowess.

The Flyers opened the 2024 spring season on Friday, Feb. 16, against Lindenwood University on Woerner Field at AES Ohio Stadium.

Anticipation runs high as Woerner Field will celebrate its 20th season as the Flyers’ home field, which has produced its share of challenges in recent years.

Over the summer of 2021, a sinkhole emerged in left field and prompted the switch from grass and dirt to turf.

“The University did an incredible job of assessing the issue and putting in place a plan to get turf,” King acknowledged, praising the administration’s swift action. “You can see the result, which is an incredible playing surface for our program that is also extremely pleasing to the eye.”

Woerner Field serves as an example to the university’s commitment to providing quality facilities for its athletes.

“Playing at home is very important. We appreciate the opportunity to do just that every time out,” King wrote.

As the Flyers embark on their season, they carry with them the lessons of the past and are determined to leave a lasting mark on the diamond, with a talented blend of tenacity and teamwork.

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