|UNO celebrates during an early season win (Photo / mlb.com)|
Under first-year head coach and former LSU standout Blake Dean, the Privateers are above .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2007. The squad is currently 26-17 and 10-11 in the Southland.
The key to their success hasn’t been a single component, but the addition of Dean in the dugout was accompanied by his younger brother, Dakota Dean, joining the Privateers’ roster. The younger Dean has settled in as a third baseman (he can play multiple positions) for UNO and is currently batting .359 to lead the Privateers. The team, in turn, leads the Southland with a .311 overall batting average.
The matchup should prove a good benchmark of the progress of two programs vying to gain the league’s middle tier and above. The series’ first pitch is set for Friday at 6 PM at the Wildcats’ Crutcher Scott Field.