Baseball Red/White Series Set for This Week

University of Nebraska Baseball Coach Mike Anderson announced Monday the rosters for the 2004 Red/White Series at Hawks Field this week.

The series, which concludes fall drills for the Husker baseball team, will run from Tuesday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 16. First pitch for all four weekday games is slated for 2:30 p.m. The entire series is open to the public and is free of charge, while concessions will be available for purchase at the ballpark.

According to Coach Anderson, the series not only allows fans to get a first-hand look at the 2005 Huskers, but serves a vital purpose in evaluating the team's progress during fall drills.

"We are able to scrimmage during the fall, but the Red/White series is the one time where we make it as game-like as possible and split the teams into even squads," Anderson said. "It's a good chance to put our players in situations where they compete, and give us a chance to see evaluate the progress we have made during fall drills."

Anderson and his staff said the primary focuses for this final week of drills are working to continue the progress the pitching staff has made during the fall and finding combinations who can work well together to manufacture runs.

"First and foremost we would like to see quality pitching," Anderson said. "We've got guys who have done a good job in the fall, and we want that to continue and make sure they are throwing strikes and working the zone.

"We also want to continue to find the right combinations. We've seen the individual talent during the fall, and now it's a matter of putting combinations together, whether it is in the top or the middle of our lineup."

Fans that come to the Red/White Series will be able to see a Husker roster that returns 16 letterwinners, including five returning everyday starters from last season. All-American

third baseman Alex Gordon highlights the Husker returnees after he hit .365 with 18 homers and 75 RBIs en route to Big 12 Player-of-the-Year honors in 2004. Gordon, who spent the summer playing for Team USA, is one of four All-Big 12 players back this fall, including senior first baseman Curtis Ledbetter (.297-8-56) and shortstop Joe Simokaitis (.279-1-33), and left-hander Zach Kroenke (7-5, 3.03 ERA).

In addition to the returning talent, a nationally rated class of newcomers gives Anderson and his staff improved depth across the diamond.

"The thing that I have been most impressed with in the fall is the competition we have at nearly every spot," Anderson. "The only player who I would concede a spot to is Alex Gordon, but I've been pleased with the battles we have had during the fall."

2004 Red/White Series Schedule
Date                    Time           
Tues., Oct. 12  -       2:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 13   -       2:30 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 14 -       2:30 p.m.      
Fri., Oct. 15   -       2:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 16   -       TBA*
*- If Necessary


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