"If it wasn't for them I probably would not be playing in college today, said Renz, son of Rich and Marlene Renz. "Those guys eat, sleep and dream baseball and their passion for the game has no limit. All of my 20 teammates for those two years played in college and we went up against some of the best in the country and were successful.
"When you can see you're capable of performing well against D-I guys it motivates you to want to continue on and show what you are capable of doing on your own team."
The Cyclones were 18-21 last season and advanced into the Colonial State Athletic Conference playoffs for the first time in school history, fueling the desire of Renz to try to duplicate or better his accomplishments of last year.
"My goals are to make it through all of my games and push myself to get stronger and be totally healthy for the season," Renz said. "There are 30 guys on the roster and 22 are underclassmen so we would like to improve as a team record-wise and in the postseason."
Is it possible?
"We are counting on Mitch to be our ace of the staff," Kushner said. "He always gives us that opportunity to win regardless of who we are playing and getting him to the point where he can pitch deeper into games is another priority of the coaching staff.
"Is he capable of moving on to the next level? From a pitching standpoint he knows how to pitch and how to get good hitters out but we also know pro scouts are infatuated with velocity and that player with the raw skills but a very lively arm. However, if he continues to progress and put up numbers like he did last year the scouts have to take notice."