On this edition of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy is joined by Zach Dean of the Daytona Beach News Journal to preview Bethune-Cookman baseball.
The Wildcats enjoyed unprecedented success in 2017, as they not only advanced to a regional final, but they won the first game of the final against eventual national champion Florida to force a decisive seventh game in the regional. Bethune-Cookman dominating the MEAC has been done before. Getting to a regional was old hat for the Wildcats. But getting to a regional final, forcing a decisive game, and doing it against in-state rival Florida? That was uncharted territory.
And as hard as it may be to believe, they might be even better in 2018, given that they return a huge chunk of their most productive players from last year.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- The feeling around the program that they have unfinished business going into the 2018 season
- How the team will define success this season and the bar they’ve set to clear to feel like they’ve finished what they started last season
- What to expect from Barrett Shaft as the interim head coach and how it might be an adjustment for the team
- The greatest strengths of the 2018 team
- The most impressive aspect of Bethune-Cookman’s success over the last decade-plus
Plus, with the biggest NASCAR race of the year set to take place in Daytona in a matter of days, the pair goes off on a tangent or two about the changing demographics of NASCAR, the struggles they’ve had to attract young fans, and the personalities of the drivers on the circuit.
Thanks for listening, everyone!