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.
May 13, 2003
Rotten Singing, Rotten Series
Last week was somewhat uneventful, with no midweek games
slated due to final exams. For the most part, workouts consisted of optional
hitting and a few bullpens for those pitchers needing to throw. The team met on
Wednesday for a light scrimmage, which allowed our hitters to get a few looks at
live arms. It's tough on hitters to go an entire week without facing guys that
are trying to get you out.
On Friday, upon completion of the last round of final
exams, the team hopped on the bus and headed to New York for an all-important
three-game set with St. John's. It's about a two-tin ride to the Big Apple (if
you're a Red Sox fan, we refer to it as the Rotten Apple - home of the hated
Yankees), where, after watching "Air Force One" and "The Sandlot," it was time
for The Greyhound Lounge. This is a yearly road trip tradition where all
freshmen and any newcomers to the program - coaches, trainers, SIDs, etc. - try
their best at belting out their favorite song. Anyone failing to complete their
version of whatever it is they choose gets stuck in the bathroom at the back of
the bus. Renditions of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby," 50 Cent and some good ol'
boy Garth Brooks seemed to add hours to the trip.
It was just plain ugly. A fish hook in the eye would be
more pleasant than listening to the sounds coming from the mike. Seriously, it
was pretty funny. The best part was the heckling and the chants of "Put'm in da
batroom" (from "A Bronx Tale") upon any miscues.
The pregame talk on Saturday stressed the need for a sweep
to stay alive in the Big East. Ace Chris Lambert was on the bump for the first
game and, as he has done for us all year, had a solid performance. The defense
played well in support, and we took the first one 3-2. The second game was about
as ugly as the singing on the ride down. We struggled in every aspect in a hard
13-0 loss. Sometimes you run into good pitching and all else seems to go wrong.
This was one of those games.
The only bright spot was 2B Josh Discipio continued his
consecutive game hitting streak at 24 straight. It almost fell. We were emptying
the bench in the ninth to get guys an at bat when our student manager let it be
known that if we pinch hit the streak would be over. Our subs were all for it
and Josh came up with a base hit to left. There is no doubt he would have cashed
that streak in for the 'W.'
On Sunday we were met with overcast skies, and a must-win
situation was on the table. The game was tight early until St John's scraped a
few across to take a 3-0 lead. We loaded them up in the sixth, but managed to
plate only one run when the St John's center fielder hosed one of our guys at
the dish - just as he had done to end the second inning – to stifle the rally.
Losing 3-1 put us in a position where we'll need some help to extend our season.
We are still alive - barely - and there is still a chance to make the Big East
tourney with a couple different scenarios. Right now, though, the only one that
concerns us is going after the sweep of West Virginia this weekend.
Baseballs and Brooms (5/6/03)
There's Nothing Like Baseball at Fenway (4/29/03)
and Huskies Highlight Week (4/22/03)
Hokies Make for Tough Week (4/15/03)
Gowdy Brings Snow Back to Northeast (4/8/03)
Eagles' Wins Rise with Temperature (4/1/03)
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)