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



April 1, 2005

Not Much to Smile About


Weekend series in Oklahoma are always some of my favorite simply because I get to eat a Braums cheeseburger and chocolate shake at least five times over the weekend.


Last weekend was no exception. The fast food was definitely up to par, but losing the series at Oklahoma State put a damper on the weekend. So did the six-plus-hour bus ride back. Although, had we won the series, I'm pretty sure the bus ride would have been more tolerable.


Friday night was a disappointing game, as we didn't do much right in any phase of the game.


Saturday we rebounded well for a solid win to even the series.


We lost a one-run game on Sunday in the bottom of the ninth, which was hard to take, but we played well for the most part.


We need to rebound this weekend against Oklahoma as we start an eight-game home stand, including two straight conference series.


As if losing against OSU wasn't bad enough, Tuesday was worse. Before our game against Texas Southern, I got hit in the face with a fastball, which felt something similar to a Tyson punch. OK, I've never actually felt a Tyson punch, but I think it's probably a fair comparison. To go along with a sore jaw, the pitch broke off about half of one of my top front teeth.


So Wednesday held an enjoyable pre-class trip to the dentist, where they re-attached the broken part of my grill. My repaired tooth lasted almost 48 hours. Almost.


Thursday during weights, my chipped tooth fell out again for no apparent reason. This led to another pre-class trip to the dentist Friday morning, at which point I vetoed the idea of attaching the chip and had my tooth bonded instead. Great week.


Hopefully my fake tooth and I can help us get a series win at home this weekend at home against OU. Too bad the Sooners can't bring Braums with them.


Ryan LaMotta



Editor's Note: LaMotta earned the victory in Friday's series opener, pitching 3.1 perfect innings in relief and notching a career-high six strikeouts.


Previous Entries

Baylor Tries to Stay Hot (3/25/05)

Great at Vandy, Ready for Texas (3/17/05)

Welcoming the Dirtbags (3/2/05)

Getting Ready for Another Big Weekend (2/23/05)

The Roller Coaster that is College Baseball (2/17/05)