Missouri Western's Buzz Verduzco: Mic'd Up

By Matt Tritten | mtritten@kq2.com

Published 04/23 2014 09:32AM

Updated 04/23 2014 09:51AM

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) Despite giving up 46 runs and dropping three of four games to Central Missouri in their toughest series yet, Missouri Western is still in position to secure home field advantage in the first round of the MIAA Tournament.

The Griffons sit fourth in the conference standings at 24-17, 20-14 with a four-game home series with Fort Hays State remaining. The top four seeds host a three-game set to start the MIAA Tournament.

"We haven't really been focusing on winning and losing. Just playing well," head coach Buzz Verduzco said. "That's been the goal every time we come out, and we're not going to change from that."

Verduzco was mic'd up during the Griffons' series with the Mules and, despite the struggles, feels they're clicking at the right time. 

"Our staff is going to be ready to go. Over the last 19, 20 games we've only given up probably 53 runs. That's a pretty good stat, so the staff has pretty much carried us for a while." 

"The team has bought into having a pretty good identity on how to manufacture runs, the importance of being able to move guys over, and then trying to finish it up by driving them in. So far, we're one of the best in the league to do it." 

The Griffons have altered the weekend schedule, now playing a double header on both Friday and Saturday at the MWSU Spring Sports Complex. 

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