The Eagles, under McGuire, have developed into one of the most consistent programs in the OVC. After winning 16 games in his first season at the helm and 29 in his second, the team has won 106 games over the last three seasons, including 38 wins and a regional appearance in 2015, the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1983.
McGuire’s teams have been known for physical, productive offenses and the 2018 offense should be no different, highlighted by Eli Boggess and Niko Hulsizer. The former’s .425 batting average in 2017 was good for second in the country, behind only UC-Irvine’s Keston Hiura, while the latter blasted 27 home runs last year, also good for second in the country, behind only Iowa’s Jake Adams.
The Eagles were young on the mound last season, so the combination of another physical offense with a more experienced pitching staff suggests that MSU could very well be back at the top of the league, challenging for another regional berth, in 2018.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- The catalysts behind MSU’s steady improvement
- Coach McGuire’s approach to fall practice and how the focus shifts as things move into spring practice
- Niko Hulsizer’s performance on a national stage at the College Home Run Derby
- Who has impressed Coach McGuire so far from a pitching standpoint
- Breakout candidates from an offensive perspective
- Measuring success in a mid-major conference
Thanks for listening, everyone!