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Regional May Be On The Horizon For Wright State
Wright State has established a tradition of excellence within the Horizon League, earning six regional berths since joining the league in 2002, and winning a conference championship five times over the last nine seasons. The Raiders had their work cut out for them heading into this season, however, having lost pitchers Ryan Weiss (Diamondbacks – 4th), and Caleb Sampen (Dodgers – 20th) to the draft, in addition to reigning Horizon League Player of the Year Gabe Snyder (Twins – 21st). On top of that, head coach Jeff Mercer was nabbed as the Indiana skipper.
To replace Mercer, the Raiders promoted Alex Sogard after two years as an assistant. Sogard is looking to build upon the framework set forth by Mercer and fellow former coaches Greg Lovelady (UCF) and Rob Cooper (Penn State).
Despite losing the production that Snyder (.359/.425/.668, 15 HR) provided, the Raiders are leading the Horizon League in nearly every offensive category, slashing .293/.408/.458 as a team with 69 more runs scored than their closest challenger (Milwaukee).