Steve Englert is an assistant coach at Boston College.
Each week, he will provide
a journal of the previous week's happenings from Chestnut Hill.
April 1, 2003
Eagles Wins Rise with
The worm has finally turned with
This past week, the weather was
fantastic. Boston enjoyed record highs in temperature for this time of season,
and any remnants of the hard winter are nowhere to be found. Our grounds crew
has been getting after it, diligently working to have the field ready for the
upcoming conference play. Something resembling a baseball diamond is beginning
The team took advantage of the
weather and had two great workouts at Northeastern University's home field. We
covered a lot of defensive areas – fly ball reads, pfp's, ground balls, etc. –
and hit for a solid hour each day. The pitchers were thrown a bone and were
allowed to finish up practice with six swings apiece. For the most part, there
were some ugly hacks in the cage. I think some guys were swinging from the wrong
side of the plate. They did absolutely nothing to disprove the old axiom of
hurlers being non-athletes.
The BC road show continued with
two mid-week day trips to Holy Cross and Central Connecticut State We tallied
8-4 and 9-3 victories, respectively, to get above .500.
Because of our current home
field situation, we hosted the University of Hartford at Campanelli Stadium, the
home of an independent league team located 40 minutes south of campus – the
Brockton Rox – on Saturday. Brockton, Mass., is the city made famous by
homegrown boxing legends Rocky Marciano and Marvelous Marvin Hagler as well as
BC head coach Pete Hughes. Coach Hughes had to leave 5,000 tickets at the gate
for all his homeboys and family members for this doubleheader.
The first game of the day was
played under heavy skies. The gray angels had the Copenhagen going, spitting on
us throughout the entire game. We played well in the slop and put up some big
numbers, scoring in every inning and winning 16-2. The great offensive showing
allowed all the position players to have a chance at the plate.
The second game of the set was
just the opposite of the first. The skies cleared and the bats went numb, with
pitching and defense taking the upper hand for both sides.
One funny note. In the top of
the fifth, our third baseman made a tremendous diving stab, fired a seed across
to first for the out and came running off the field all fired up. "Hey Marco,
get back out there. That's only two outs. We're playing three today." The guys
let him have it. We made a few adjustments late in the game, managed to come up
with a few key hits and played hard through a 3-2 win.
Having set up a tough early
schedule is starting to pay off. The team is playing much more relaxed. We're
starting to put teams away and pull out the tight ones. And that two-out RBI has
jumped into the bat rack.
Four straight wins against
Northeast teams not only help us roll into conference play but also give us a
huge jump in attaining one of our goals: becoming the No. 1 team in New England.
Return to Florida Not as Rewarding (3/25/03)
Weather or Not... Eagles Battling Elements (3/18/03)
Wins Bring Fun in the Sun (3/11/03)
Hanging with Nomar and the Gang (3/4/03)
Working the Kinks Out (2/25/03)
(photo courtesy of BC Media Relations Office)