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.
May 27, 2006
We finally made it to the last weekend of our regular season. We have fought our way through the PAC-10 and have one more series to take care of. The teams in the PAC have been beating each other up all year long Our record in this great league is 11-10; nevertheless, we are in a third-place tie with USC. Playing against the teams in the PAC and on our schedule has prepared us well for our stretch run. People often forget about schools here on the West Coast, but we play some pretty good baseball out here, too!
Last weekend we had a real eye-opener against in state rival - Arizona. We lost two out of three games against them after taking two of three from No. 4 Oregon State. We came out a little flat last weekend, but we have learned from it, and now know that we must be ready for any team we face. As we finish our season against a talented Cal Bears team, we know that we must be ready to play our type of ball in order to succeed. We never take any team lightly, and will be prepared for all the teams we face in the future.
We have spent this week practicing hard to prepare for this weekend. We face a hard-throwing right-hander (Brandon Morrow) on Friday who supposedly can hit mid to high 90s with his fastball. Our team hits hard pitching well, so I'm not worried. We have put together a plan on how to face this guy though. Personally, I'm going to take my normal swing against him and let him supply the power with that fastball. If we play to the best of our ability, we will do well this weekend and carry on to the postseason.
An update on the high school team my dad coaches. The Palos Verdes Sea Kings are in the third round of the playoffs, as they head down to Rubidoux, Riverside. The Sea Kings haven't given up a run in the first two games of the playoffs. I am excited for this team to get as far as it has so far, and look forward to seeing them in the CIF division four finals. Friday, the Sun Devils and the Sea Kings look to walk away with wins, and move one step closer to a championship.
Off to get ready for the game tonight! You'd think now that school is out I'd have a little extra free time on my hands to fish, but I'm sad to say it's been a whole year and no fish... I'd rather be playing baseball anyways!
Finding Our Groove (5/20/06)
School's Out, Time for a Cut and Some Fishin' (5/13/06)
Stretch Run - On the Field and in the Classroom (4/30/06)
Heading Home for the Weekend (4/22/06)
Facing an Ace, and ASU's Ironman (4/14/06)
Snow Day (4/4/06)
Hair-way Robbery (3/25/06)
A Business Trip over Spring Break (3/17/06)
Deep in the Heart of Texas (3/10/06)
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)