Brad Winter is a sophomore first baseman for Kent State who will contribute a
weekly journal to CollegeBaseballInsider.com in 2007. Winter, a native of
Bellefontaine, Ohio, started 37 games as a freshman, homering twice and driving
in 29 runs. In 250 chances at first base, Winter made only one error.
March 8, 2007
Hitting a Rough Spot
This weekend we played in the Coca Cola Tournament at Winthrop University in
Rock Hill, South Carolina.
The tournament consisted of four teams. East Tennessee State, Temple, Kent
State and the host team Winthrop University.
Friday afternoon we played East Tennessee State University. Senior J.J.
Pacella Pacella tossed six and two-third innings, allowing only two runs on five
hits while striking out five and walking none. Junior Reid Lamport pitched one
and a third perfect innings and fanned two Bucs batters for the Flashes. J.J and
Reid kept us in the game, but East Tennessee’s starter Brandon Langston held us
to just five hits and did not give up a run. We lost the opening game or the
On Saturday, we were scheduled to play a day-night doubleheader. The first
game was against Winthrop. Freshman Kyle Smith was coming off his first
collegiate win against the University of Florida and was taking the hill against
the Eagles. Kyle threw four and a third innings before sophomore Steven Davis
was called from the bullpen.
The Eagles’ offense was too much, as they scored nine runs on twelve hits.
Even though we recorded ten hits in the game, we could only put across one
runner; we lost the game 9-1 as our offensive woes continued.
Saturday night’s game was not a part of the tournament; The Citadel was
looking to pick up an extra game, so we decided that we had enough pitchers to
Sophomore Alan Morrison made his season debut on the mound on Saturday night.
This was definitely and offensive game, as both teams combined for 22 runs on 25
hits. The highlight of the game came in the third inning when freshman Jared
Bartholomew hit his first home run. Then, two batters later, freshman Anthony
Gallas and sophomore Greg Rohan went back to back. That was also Anthony's first
career homer. But The Citadel's offense was just a little too much and it went
on to win 13-9.
Losing three games in a row made Sunday’s game against Temple a must-win.
Senior Evan Smith threw five innings and allowed just three hits. He was
followed up by sophomore Chris Carpenter, who was making his first mound
appearance in almost two years after suffering from an arm injury. Carpenter
retired all three batters he faced in the sixth. Reid Lamport came in and threw
two scoreless innings and was followed up by senior closer Ryan Davis.
The offense followed up The Citadel game with eight runs on eleven hits.
Andrew Davis and Will Vazquez finished with two hits, while Anthony Gallas led
the Flashes with three hits.
A Wild Weekend in The Swamp (3/1/07)
Left in the Wake (2/20/07)
(photo courtesy of Kent State Media Relations Office)