The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 09, 2001, Image 7

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iday, February 9,20 number of squart ides what the neu reliminary ideas he committee mei i design planner; and Planning De is. the main goal o( to be seamless, so ;ars from now you know it didn’t ex- ;ign is designed to nain plaza of the here should be no sruptions to iner Building dur- ind no additional armed to be added plex with thisren- tr the construction mer. armed, we willbe- December of2001 h in June of 2003," How occupancyto •of 2003.” Reserve Offtcet DTC) program in 1 the biggest of the colleges, surpass- of the Citadel, hoose to join the d foundation and that are applic; lay, February 9„ 2001 2001 Texas A&M Baseball Page 7A- THE BATTALION ^orter looking for success on Kyle Field to carry over to Olsen v Jason Lincoln he Battalion While Texas A&M baseball coach Mark hnson had his hands full with offseason ining, he was missing a key leader—junior rd baseman Greg Porter. Porter's hands were still busy because he is in the middle of a season with the Aggie otball team. He grabbed 21 catches for 236 rds, fourth best on the A&M roster. It was a breakout season for Porter in his phomore season on the gridiron. He did not tch a single pass in the 1999 regular season. “Definitely having a good football season eps me going high," Porter said. “I'm feeling etty good coming into baseball season. Hope- d from Page 1A Hy, I’ll have a breakout year in baseball, too.” His impact on the diamond was more im- ediate. Porter enters Olsen Field today with o seasons of experience and one of the most ngerous swings in the Aggie lineup. In his inaugural season in .1999, Porter tde 31 starts as the Aggies designated hitter tile batting .328. That season Porter hit seven home runs and Jd 40 hits, including 11 doubles, driving in 'dj 1 runs. All as a freshman. ,ud. The Corps I p orter mac i e i-,i s debut in Kyle Field four er, stronger and | onths i ater . t eithercivilianori yyimr) he returned to Olsen for the 2000 ; Bason, it was as a third baseman. Corps present 0 Porter’s output from the plate dropped. He es to their cadets, ^ 286 last season in 42 starts. He also failed erations tramiK idearthe fence the entire season, posting just >ses to participate rilitary, the Corps vide a cadet will, adequate to grad- officer, and tie ssioned as lieu- aey graduate from v students join the' sity and‘Me ray ole pembyde- xluct withasolid on and excellent Corps Recruiting' »r biomedical sci-1 ie Corps partici-. ; recruitment efj ttending college ols across Texas, embers speak to; s and their parents ^ of joining the; ■ tries to impress ets the opportuni- the tradition tie upon.” He addetj present the dial’ eing amemberof e are also financial the Corps. Tlte 0 scholarships last ison said thatifa Aith the R0TC 5le to receiveai d from the R0TC ersity waives out for cadets cominl states. :M has more of • Force than ant emy in the cotta ntinues to cot); ers to the othet lorps is an excel;- od things andK n while five doubles and 11 RBIs. “Last year he was a little more quiet than he is now,” said A&M first baseman Travis Wong, who was just a freshman last season. “With guys like (Sean) Heaney and (Daylan) Holt, he was in the shadows a little bit. This year 1 think he might step forward and become one of our leaders.” « Definitely having a good football season keeps me going high. I'm feeling pretty good coming into baseball season. Hopefully I'll have a breakout year in baseball, too.” — Greg Porter Aggies third baseman Porter is just one of a handful of upper- classmen on the roster who have starting ex perience, and the Aggies are looking for him to lead the young lineup. “He’s stepping into a leadership role now,” A&M baseball coach Mark Johnson said. “On the football side it’s seniors, but in baseball we depend on juniors to lead because we typical ly don’t have a lot of seniors. He got it going over there (with football.) Hopefully he can have the same impact over here.” As the Aggies square off against Arkansas State, it will be the first team they have seen since May. Porter saw 12 during the fall. Even if it was on a different field, with different rules mid different challenges the competition was still the same. That competition has readied the 6-foot-4, 230-pound wide receiver/third baseman for the needs of Aggie baseball. But during Porter’s absence from Olsen Field this fall, another competition was brew ing — one for his job as the Aggies’ starter. Sophomore transfer Kevin Theiss from San Jacinto Junior College had an impressive fall, earning consideration for the starting job at third base. “It just feels good to be back out on the di amond,” Porter said. “I knew there was going to be some competition coming into the sea son and I don’t mind that at all. Actually I pre fer it. It just makes everyone play better.” Since Porter has returned, the competition for the job has been neck-and-neck, so close that 72 hours prior to first pitch, Johnson did not know who his starter would be. “It’s forced him to work a little bit harder, concentrate more during practice and show that he deserves that spot and that he’s the best out there,” Wong said. “He’s been doing well.” Only this season will tell whether Porter’s breakout season on the Kyle Field turf will translate to success inside the walls of Olsen. A&M jurwor third baseman Greg Porter looks to recreate his success as CHAD ADAMS/The Battalion a wide receiver on the football field on the baseball field. Deininger living up to expectations Sophomore pitcher looks to improve on stellar freshman year I&M sophomore pitcher will be looked upon to be Todd Deininger an anchor of the PHOTO COURTESY OF TEXAS A&M SPORTS INFORMATION pitching staff for the Aggies. Deininger led the team in wins and strikeouts last season. By Brian Ruff The Battalion When sophomore pitcher Todd Deininger stepped on the rubber in his first collegiate start on Feb. 5, 2000, against Oregon State, the right-handed pitcher might have been expected to lose his com posure and pitch around the opposing team’s hitters. The Joliet, Ill., native did anything but buckle under the pressure, as Deininger went straight after the Oregon State hitters and fooled Oregon State lead-off hitter Eric Stark, who was caught looking. “It was a great feeling to be that pumped up and get that first start,” Deininger said. The right-hander would add six more strikeouts in the game, despite working only five-and-two-thirds innings. Deininger recorded the win and set the tone for the rest of his freshman season. “[Deininger] threw well for his first col legiate outing,” said A&M baseball coach Mark Johnson after the freshman’s first start. “He went to the mound with confi dence and competed by coming right at the hitters and throwing strikes.” Deininger recorded a team-high 82 strikeouts during the 2000 season. The sophomore is no stranger to pres sure. Deininger pitched on the USA junior national team that won the gold medal at the 1999 International Baseball Association Ju nior World Championships in Taiwan. “It was a great experience playing for our country,” Deininger said. The Americans faced off against Chinese Taipei in the championship game, in front of 25,000 fans. Deininger got the start in a most unfriendly pitching environment. “They had big huge drums on top of the dugout [and they were] just beating them,” Deininger said. “It was the loudest place I’ve ever played at.” Deininger, who was team captain of the baseball team during his senior season at Township High School, also led the team to the conference championship and partici pated in the East-West All-Star Game, as well as being named the Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year in 1999. His trials on the diamond most likely do not compare to the decision he made after his senior season, when Deininger was drafted in the fifth round of the 1999 ama teur draft by the Chicago Cubs, his favorite professional team. “There was really no choice,” Deininger said. “I didn’t really think about going to the Cubs because I wanted to come here and get better, and my mom really liked it here.” “[Khalid] Ballouli and Deininger were both starters for us last year, and that is a big plus to bring those guys back,” Johnson said. “Todd really had some good outings and he has a really high ceiling and the po tential to dominate.” Johnson also said the sophomore has im proved his curve ball from last season and still has the velocity up around 90 mph. “[Todd] is better than he was last year without question,” Johnson said. “Coach Lawler has really done a dynamite job on him.” Deininger will be the middle man in Johnson’s rotation this season, starting the second game of this weekend’s series against against Arkansas State. 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Home games in CAPS, played at C.E. "Pat" Olsen Field. All times Central, dates and times subject to change without notice.