Joe Persichina is a junior middle infielder
for Arizona State who will contribute a weekly journal to CollegeBaseballInsider.com in 2006. Persichina, a native of Torrance, Calif.,
started 42 games as a freshman and was an honorable-mention all-Pac-10 selection
after hitting .320 and fielding at a .985 clip. Last year, he started 28 games
on the infield and hit the go-ahead homer - only the third of his career - that
lifted ASU past Cal State Fullerton and into the College World Series.
Feb. 18, 2006
Trying to Turn Things Around
Well, we are three weeks into our season, and off to a slower start
than we anticipated.
With three losses last weekend, we have put together an early record of 5-4.
That doesn't scare me, because I know our team is great, and every great team
I think it's better that our team is faced with this problem now when it's
early so we can come together as a team and learn how we must play to win. Once
we find our groove, it's going to be tough to stop us. Until then, we are going
to be a bunch of "nitty gritty" baseball rats who will fight and earn every win
we get. No one's giving up on this squad; we have too much talent and too many
guys who care.
This weekend, we will host Houston for a weekend series.
I know we are facing a few good pitchers, one lefty and two right-handers. I
don't know what type of team they are, but I know they've got a great reputation
and some big Texas arms.
I think this weekend is the start of 12 games we'll play against Texas
schools, and I know our team is going to play with more of passion and hunger as
we move forward.
We will have a little bit of a change this weekend. Coach Murphy will be
coaching from the third-base coaching box. I think it will be good for our squad
to have Coach Murph out on the field with us physically during the game. He's
like a 10th man for us; his presence alone will help us out.
It should be a great experience with him at third. I had a late hitting
session with him after practice last night, and I love the way he helps me focus
on things that will make me successful. I'm excited to have him with us on the
I have been following the Winter Olympics every day this week, and I've been
impressed with many of the performances. The thing that excites me the most is
the level of competition. Rarely is there an athlete who is heavily favored in
events; all of them seem to be in medal contention. If you show up, you have a
shot at winning. Add some focus, confidence, and adrenaline, and you've got a
shot at taking home a gold medal.
Our team will take the field tomorrow with the same focus and confidence
looking to compete and win.
to update my weekly fishing routine, let's just say I haven't been providing
dinner for my roommates just yet. Maybe it's been too cold for the fish.
Preparing for a Surprise Weekend (2/11/06)
Getting Your Mind off the Game (2/3/06)
(photo courtesy of Arizona State Media Relations Office)