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 10, 2006
Deep in the Heart of Texas
We begin our second series of games in Texas in
2006 today. We are playing in the first Whataburger College Classic in Corpus
Christi against three other strong teams. We will play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
today, Rice on Saturday and TCU on Sunday. After this weekend, we head over to
Austin to play against Texas on Tuesday.
It's going to be a fun week of baseball.
Last night, we pulled into Corpus Christi and headed over to Whataburger Field
to practice. The field is awesome! It's used for the Astros' AA baseball team.
The field is real nice, and the stadium holds a lot of people. Behind the
right-field wall, there is a bridge that crosses over the ocean, and in left,
there's a huge scoreboard in front of some old warehouse style building. It is a
pretty neat place to play.
After practice, there was a home run derby. Colin Curtis and Frank Mesa were the
two participants from our team. Colin hit two home runs in the first round, and
Frank hit one. They advanced to the final round, but didn't hit anymore home
runs. A player from TCU won the derby with five home runs. It was fun cheering
on and joking around with Colin and Frank during the derby. It didn't matter
about losing the derby, because we are focused on getting some team wins this
Our team is playing well lately, coming off three wins against Auburn last
One of our talented two-way freshmen, Ike Davis, was
named the National Player of the Week. He not only pitched well against Texas
Tech on Tuesday, but also hit two grand slams last week. Ike is pretty talented,
and it's great to have a freshman like him step up and help the team out. We
have had plenty of big contributions from freshmen and other first-year players.
All of these guys have been a huge reason for why our team is playing well right
now. It takes a lot of pressure off of guys on a team when you can look around
and know that every player on the team is talented and capable of doing great
things. This is the feeling our team has right now.
We're about to head to the ballpark to kick off the Classic. See you next
week back in Tempe!
Sinkholes and 'Fungoman' (3/4/06)
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)