First-year coach Parenton putting own style on UNF – Florida Times-Union
Phillip Heilman @phillip_heilman
Back in the college game after three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays organization, first-year UNF baseball coach Tim Parenton has no problem if the Ospreys play differently than other teams around the country.
“Hopefully we can pitch enough to where we can score four or five runs and win low-scoring games,” Parenton said. “That’s not the forte of college baseball with the aluminum bats, but hopefully we can do that.”
That’s the philosophy Parenton had almost no choice but to adopt considering what the Ospreys have returning this season.
Only three everyday players — senior outfielder Wes Weeks, junior third baseman Chris Berry and redshirt senior catcher Blake Voyles — are back after starting at least 40 games in 2017.
That season ended with a thud as UNF was quickly dispatched by Florida Gulf Coast and Jacksonville in the double-elimination Atlantic Sun postseason tournament. Shortly afterward, the Ospreys made a change from Smoke Laval to Parenton, who was a UNF assistant from 2010-13.
Parenton managed the Hudson Valley Renegades, a Short Season-A affiliate, the following three seasons and believes he learned a few things — studying pitch counts and running the bases more efficiently, to name a couple — he can use to help the Ospreys contend with regularity.
“I was around a lot of great guys with the Tampa Bay Rays and talked a lot of baseball during spring training and throughout the year,” he said.
Parenton does have some quality arms returning, including the three pitchers — juniors Frank German, Austin Drury and Brad Deppermann — who threw the most innings on the team last season.
Deppermann is expected to start the season opener against Radford on Friday, what Parenton hopes will be the debut of a tough-minded team that can string together hits