PLATTSBURGH — A new-look roster in 2013 has Plattsburgh State baseball coach Kris Doorey excited about the upcoming season.
Fifteen players who were on last year’s roster are gone off this season’s 31-player squad.
“We have a lot of new faces and it’s exciting,” Doorey said. “Sometimes it’s better for the players not to know too much about the opponents they will play and that’s the case this year. Our players need to take this as a chance to play.
“There will be some growing pains. I can’t remember having a team this young — we have a lot of freshmen and sophomores.”
The Cardinals open their season on Saturday in the Diamond Nation Tournament in Flemington, New Jersey. They play King’s College at 10 a.m. and St. John Fisher at 4 p.m.
“We play a hard early schedule against teams like St. John Fisher, The College of Old Westbury and Farmingdale State,” Doorey said.
Plattsburgh, which finished 22-17 overall and 9-9 in SUNY Athletic Conference play last season, will then return home and will not play again until March 8.
“Our No. 1 goal continues to be making the conference tournament,” Doorey said. “Our second goal is to host the tournament and have teams come to Plattsburgh. Anything can happen.”
Plattsburgh will have a new look at several starting positions.
The only returning starters include sophomore first baseman Chris Pescetti, senior catcher Casey Brighton, sophomore outfielder Mike Vargues and sophomore Brian Latulipe, who started some games a year ago.
Senior Mike Mulvihill also returns as the designated-hitter.
“We’re new and it’s great,” Doorey said. “What’s refreshing is that the players are excited about practice. I can’t gauge what kind of a team we’re going to have because I know we’re pretty much starting over.”