Kevin Cooney is in his 18th season as head coach at Florida Atlantic
University of the Atlantic Sun Conference and 22nd overall. A former pitching
star at Montclair State, Cooney has led FAU to an average of 46 wins per season
the past six years. He as guided the Blue Wave to a 273-106 record and five NCAA
Regionals in the past six years. This is the second year he has offered his thoughts on
baseball - and other things - for CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
May 28, 2005
No Defense for This
Atlantic Sun Tournament - Day 3
For the past three or four weeks, we have played real good baseball. Our
pitching has rounded into shape, the hitting has been closer to what we
expected, and our defense has been pretty good.
Today was a great chance to solidify our push to a regional, by getting to
Saturday undefeated. To get past a tough Stetson team, we'd have to do
Stetson started its day by leading Gardner-Webb 4-2 for much of the morning
game, only to see the Bulldogs tie, and then take a one-run lead into the ninth.
The Hatters battled back and fought off elimination with a game-winning single
by Jon Still.
In the second game, UCF got some solid pitching and pulled out a 5-1 win over
No. 1-seed Troy. Jay Bergman's guys are alive to try and claim a championship in
this, their last season in the A-Sun.
We sent Will Mann out against Stetson tonight in its second game of the day.
They didn't look tired as they jumped on top with a run in the first. We
countered with two in our half, but relief pitcher Cameron Abel proceeded to
shut us down over the next six innings.
Will had settled in and looked strong despite some sloppy play behind him. A
sinkerball pitcher is as good as his defense; it's a real symbiotic
relationship. Tonight we didn't give him much help.
When a team commits seven errors and gets only four hits, it isn’t going to
win. The combination of good Stetson bullpen work, and our own self destruction
sealed our fate.
For Stetson, the 7-3 win capped off a great day. The Hatters have much of
which to be proud.
Our task now is to find a way to defeat UCF tomorrow and keep our season
alive. The chance for an at-large bid would evaporate with a UCF win followed by
a Stetson championship. But if we can stay alive long enough to get to Stetson,
we'd have a chance.
To still have a chance at this time of the season is all one could want.
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