“Expectations are at an all-time high this year,” says East Georgia State College Head Baseball Coach Matt Passauer about the men’s baseball team. They have already begun their Fall practice schedule, and they are turning up the heat.
“The expectations this year are, without a question, to win a championship,” says Coach Passauer. “We practice every day with a championship mentality so that we can go out there and win. We don’t talk about taking second or third or fourth—this isn’t a process or a rebuilding year. This is the year where we come out ready to dominate the day, every single day, and win one game at a time.”
Coach Passauer explains that the team works extremely hard in the fall so that they are able to go out in games and have a good time. “The practice field is our ‘playground,’” he says.
“We talk about getting out there and going after it and having that aggressive mentality. If we’re going to make mistakes, they’re going to be aggressive mistakes,” he explains. “We just go out there and have a blast and get after it.”
East Georgia State College’s baseball team is made up of a group of very competitive young men, and Coach Passauer says that this translates in everything from lifting, to competitive style running to day-to-day activities.
“Fall practice can be very repetitive, but we talk about one guy being a leader every single day and being in charge so that the group can see his energy and follow suit. That’s gone a long way for our everyday practice, and we’re having significantly better practices,” says Coach Passauer. “It has nothing to do with the coaching staff. We have a great group of guys who are all bought in.”
The team has also seen the hiring of a new Assistant Coach, Dusty Hess.
“He has made great strides since he has come on board,” says Coach Passauer. “In the small amount of time he’s been here, he’s made a tremendous impact on the offensive side of Bobcat baseball.”
Coach Passauer is very excited about this year’s team. There are many of returning players, including the entire infield, as well as the GCAA Defensive Player of the Year Andrew Claxton at shortstop, and two conference starting pitchers.
“When we talk about changing a culture, that will be a huge thing, because all of the sophomores that were involved in the program last year saw the new direction that we’re trying to take East Georgia State College baseball,” explains Coach Passauer. “They’ve been bought in this year. We have guys who know exactly what’s going on from a defensive standpoint and can really lead the way. It has made this year’s Fall go tremendously better than last year’s. We have guys that know what’s going on, understand the program and its expectations, and can not only bring that expectation every single day, but can show the new guys as well.”
The EGSC Bobcat baseball team will play 11 games this fall, including the Fall Extravaganza against Georgia Highlands on September 26 at 1:30 p.m. in Albany.
“This is our only fall game against a GCAA opponent,” explains Coach Passauer. “It’ll mostly be our guys showing off their talents for college scouts. We’re giving our guys incredible exposure from a baseball, recruiting and development standpoint. It is huge for our guys to be able to have that experience.”
Overall, Coach Passauer is very optimistic about the upcoming season. “This is the most excitement and momentum we’ve had as a program. We have incredible excitement not only on the East Georgia baseball field, but also around campus, in our local community, and in surrounding towns. It is fun to be a part of for sure.”