It would make sense to start a story about Tim Mackey on the baseball field. After all, he’s a senior third baseman who bats second for an Aurora University team that is expected to compete at the national level this year. But that might make it appear as though Mackey is defined by the game he has played and loved since he was a child. And Mackey is anything but a one-dimensional jock.
It won’t take the Aurora University softball team long to get a handle on how they fare against the nation’s best teams this season. As a program, McKenzie’s Spartans are very familiar with competing against the top teams in the region and nation.
The Aurora University baseball team has been all business this spring in preparing for the 2012 season. The success of the past two seasons has led to even higher expectations for the veteran group of players.
The Spartans were far from first-year patsies in their inaugural year of men’s lacrosse, posting an 11-6 overall record and going 6-2 in the league play to finish third in the MLC standings. The taste of success and missed opportunity left the young squad wanting more.
It looks like an exciting spring athletic season at Aurora University, with both the AU baseball and softball teams being picked in preseason coaches’ polls to finish near the top of the Northern Athletic Conference.