Ryan LaMotta is a junior pitcher at Baylor. He'll be reporting each week on the Bears and the Big 12 Conference.



Feb. 23, 2005

Getting Ready for Another Big Weekend


It has been an interesting week here in Waco.


We were rained out Tuesday night in a home game against McNeese State without a drop of rain falling or a cloud in the sky. This was quite a disappointment to much of our team as we did not get our much anticipated pre-game meal. The game was postponed because the forecast was for three inches of rain all afternoon, and McNeese State was looking at a six-hour drive. It turned out to be the best weather of the year.


This past weekend, we had a great series with a quality Oral Roberts team. After a rather disappointing Friday night loss, we responded with two excellent wins Saturday and Sunday to win the series. Trey Taylor and Cory VanAllen each gave us excellent starts. Congratulations to VanAllen on Big 12 pitcher-of-the-week honors.


We leave Thursday for Tempe, Ariz., where we will play a series with Arizona State. This will give us another opportunity to face quality pitching and play three competitive games. After opening the season ranked in the Top 25, the Sun Devils have dropped their last six games and surely will come out looking for a win. We need to build on our last two games against Oral Roberts and continue our consistent pitching and timely hitting.


This is my first time to play Arizona State, and I look forward to facing such a nationally respected program.


Ryan LaMotta



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