We got the week off
to an interesting start at Tuesday’s practice. It was raining so hard that all
we were able to do was hit in the cages up top (indoor).
But the fun began
as soon as practice was over…
A couple of the
guys thought it would be a good idea to go tarp-sliding over the tarp. It was
probably in the 40s outside, but we still had our fun. About four of us took off
all over the field sliding all over the tarp until it basically got too cold for
We were all getting
ready to shower and hit the road when a dare was proposed to go out and tarp
slide in my birthday suit. Unfortunately I got caught up in the moment and
decided I would be an idiot and do it if they would pay me enough. Needless to
say, it happened and there was actually a small clip of it caught on video but
luckily the video was destroyed… Sorry ladies.
But now to the
actual baseball stuff…
On Friday we beat
NC State 9-5. Neighborgall gave us another quality start and improved to 5-0 on
the season. Blackwood led the way offensively with three doubles.
Saturday’s game was
all about our pitching staff. Lee Hyde and Tim Gustafson combined for a
four-hit shutout as we went on to beat the Wolfpack 5-0. Jeff Kindel had a
two-run home run in this game to dead center.
Sunday’s game was
by far the highlight of the weekend. We scored three runs in the bottom of the
ninth to come back and win 11-10. One of the league’s best closers, Devine, had
shut us down for four innings. But he simply ran out of gas at the end, and we
took over in the ninth as Tyler Greene had the game-winning, walk-off hit off
the right-field wall.
He kept running and
was hoping to get an inside-the-park HR because the defenders obviously weren’t
running after the ball since we had already won. Sorry about your luck buddy, it
only counted as a single.
Sunday night began
our spring break, and we had our first Kangaroo court party of the year.
Needless to say, we came out of the night with plenty of stories to tell. All in
all, it was a good week to be a Yellow Jacket.
We were supposed to
play Auburn on Tuesday night, but we got rained out, so we ended up playing them
on Wednesday night. Unfortunately we lost the game 7-6, and we really didn’t
play that well. We had plenty of chances to win the game but just couldn’t seem
to get any timely hits as we lost in 11 innings.
On Thursday morning
we flew down to Miami for a three-game series. Once we got down here, we all
went straight to the pool so we could finally get some sun and try and get rid
of our farmer’s tans. A few of the guys went down to South Beach and had a good
time, but they said it was interesting to say the least.
Friday, we ended
our winning streak of consecutive regular season ACC games at 25. Miami scored
nine runs in the first inning off only one hit. We just couldn’t seem to find
the strike zone, and it just turned into an ugly game. The final score wound up
being 20-1, and that’s all I’m going say about that game. It just wasn’t fun.
Saturday, we were
able to get our redemption as we beat Miami 17-7.
Matt Wieters went 5
for 5 in the game, and Tyler Greene was 4 for 6. We tied a record for most hits
given up by Miami with 22. Tim Gustafson recorded the win.
unbelievably hot weather conditions, it was nice to pull out the win. The fun
part of the day came when Jeff Kindel and I went to Tyler Greene’s house. His
parents were nice enough to invite us over for a nice home-cooked meal, which is
always a treat. Then we shot some pool and just hung around his house until we
found a magazine with Tyler on the cover from high school. Needless to say, he
won’t live that one down for the rest of the year as he gained yet another
nickname as “The Future.”
Sunday’s game was
another classic as we edged off Miami 11-10 by scoring four runs in the top of
the ninth to take the lead. Matt Wieters gave us the lead with his two-run blast
to make the score 11-9. Despite giving up one run in the bottom half, we were
able to hold on to win.
Jeremy Slayden went
3 for 4 with two big home runs for us. It was his second home run that really
got us going because the umpires had made a brutal call on a double play, and we
ended up giving up four runs afterwards. But Jeremy’s home run gave us a little
kick start, and we got rolling once again. Matt Wieters not only had the
game-winning hit, but he also recorded the save for us.
I don’t know what
it is about our team right now, but we just seem to always find a way to win and
come up with big hit after big hit.
I just hope we can
keep this thing rolling and keep winning, especially come June and July so we
can finally get back to Omaha where every college baseball player dreams about
going every season.