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MTSU baseball players find unique ways to stay occupied

By Austin Wray

MTN Sports Reporter

April 20, 2020 The MTSU baseball team had a short season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which cut the players season short and resorted them to be home during the rest of the year. So, what are the players doing now with the season cut short?

For some of the players, they are taking the time to continue practicing either by themselves or with family members. Outfielder Nathan Sanders has been staying home just wanting to stay in baseball shape.

“My brother and I have been hitting mini marshmallows and sunflower seeds to get some good swings in,” said Sanders, who is also an expecting father. “It’s unfortunate that this had to happen but people’s health and safety is most important…quarantining is the best option.”

Some players play video games to keep in touch. Mark Engel, JT Marby, Fausto Lopez, and Peyton Wiggington play "MLB the Show."

“I’m not sure who truly is the best between us but I’ve heard Peyton Wiggington has 'The Show' held down,” said Engel.

Senior pitcher David Zoz also plays video games to stay busy.

“I play a lot with (MTSU catcher) Jake Hagenow and I am much better player than him,” said Zoz.

Zoz's family lives in Iowa, so he has a four-legged friend keeping him company.

“I’m lucky to be quarantined with my dog Ruby," said Zoz. "She’s a crazy almost 1-year-old that keeps me entertained at home.”

Engel is taking advantage of the time away from his busy lifestyle as a student-athlete.

“Enjoy some time with family because being athletes you usually don’t get to spend as much time with them,” said Engel.

MTSU finished their season with a 7-10 record.


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