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.
March 4, 2006
Sinkholes and 'Fungoman'
Tonight [Thursday] was another night before a weekend series to relax
and to do something fun. I went to the ASU basketball game against Washington.
We got beat, but it was fun watching the game.
I haven't had time to fish lately, so I can't give a report this week. I did
hear that a fisherman pulled a huge fish out of Tempe Town Lake last month. The
lake is beginning to warm, and the fishing should get better in a few weeks so
I'll toss the line in the water over spring break. Until then, it's going to be
chicken and beef for dinner.
We came back from our trip against Baylor in Waco, Texas. We played well last
weekend. Our game Friday was rained out, so we played two on Saturday. Our bats
came alive on Saturday and helped us get two wins. Sunday was different; we lost
in a close game that was won by a double down the right-field line that scored
Baylor was a good team, a lot like us. They were a scrappy team that depended
on all their players like we do. The fans at Baylor were rowdy. They were
yelling at us from the first inning of Game 1 to the last out of Game 3. I admit
that I was laughing at some of the things they were saying. It was funny. I just
laugh the stuff off that fans say; they are just having a good time.
Saturday morning before our games, our team had to be evacuated from our
rooms because of a sink hole that occurred next to the hotel. The rain from
Friday caused the huge sink hole, it was incredible. The hole broke a gas pipe
and put our side of the hotel in danger. I didn't know what was going on when I
got a knock on the door from a staff member telling me to evacuate the room. It
was very strange.
On Tuesday, we had a game against Texas Tech. It was fun having a midweek
game since we don't play a ton of them . The game started off with the Texas
Tech 3-hole hitter hitting a two run bomb over the flag in left-center into the
We responded in the bottom of the inning with five runs. It was a great
feeling to jump right back after giving up two runs in the first inning. Our
team showed composure and proved our ability to play without momentum. We won
13-5 in very fun game for our squad.
Now we are gearing up for a weekend series against Auburn at home. I'm
excited to play against them. I don't know what to expect, but I know that we
are starting play well with a freedom and carefree attitude that good teams
Today at practice, there was a guy from some baseball company showing us a
new machine that shoots out baseballs like a coach hitting a fungo. It was
crazy! I walked out on the field, and there was a machine at home plate that
looked like a pitching machine. This machine is called the "Fungoman." It hits
ground balls and fly balls, with back spin and top spin. It hit the highest pop
up I've ever seen. The ball had to have a hang time of at least 9 seconds. The
machine also can be programmed to hit a complete infield/outfield without even
touching it. It was amazing, and I believe the guy behind it is an ASU alum,
Romy Cucjen, so of course it's gonna be good!
Well that's it for this week. Off to the yard for some early work and then we
suit up to face Auburn. See you next week from Corpus Christi, Texas.
Road Trip (2/25/06)
Trying to Turn Things Around (2/18/06)
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)