Coach Donny Harrel: Preseason Baseball Blog

Posted by Amanda Kelly on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 9:07 AM PST

 Baseball head coach Donny Harrel is preparing for this second season at the helm of the reinstated Seattle U baseball program. The squad will open the 2011 season on February 18 with a three-game series at Cal State Northridge before returning to Seattle to open the home slate with a three-game series against Notre Dame. The Friday, February 25th game will be played at Everett Memorial Stadium with the balance of the series at Seattle’s home venue, Bannerwood Park. For the complete schedule, visit 

 As the team makes its final preparations, Coach Harrel provided his thoughts on the year:  

We are extremely excited about our second year of baseball at the Division I level at Seattle University. We were kicked, bruised and beaten down in year one. We also got callused and experienced at the same time. This season our players know what to expect. Our program and alumni have been hard at work to enhance all of our facilities and get us up to speed with Division I expectations. We have added two large cages to our indoor facilities, so we can better prepare for the season and we are currently remolding the dugouts and bullpens at Bannerwood Park.

The Seattle Mariners are coming in to build a professional mound at the field for us and we will continue to work to improve all of our facilities as our program grows. With not having baseball at the university for 26 years, it has been a lot of work by a lot of people. I feel very good about saying we are moving in the right direction and will continue to make our mark in the baseball world and in our community. Seattle U Baseball is up and coming and we have the right pieces of the puzzle in place to create success. The 2011 season will be another step toward our goal of being a successful baseball program on and off the field. We are also very excited about our home games against the likes of Notre Dame, Oregon, Portland, Washington, Nevada, San Jose State, Sac State, New Mexico State, Pacific and others. The 2011 season should be a great step forward for all of us.