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 22, 2007
This weekend we
played in a four-team tournament held by the University of Louisville. Cal
Berkley, Indiana State University, Kent State University and the University of
Louisville rounded out the tournament field.
afternoon, we began play against Cal. The Pac 10 is a strong conference and the
Bears had beaten some good teams early in the year, so we knew in order for us
to win, we had to play solid baseball. Cal's starting pitcher, Tyson Ross, shut
our offense down the whole game. He only allowed three hits in eight innings of
work and struck out 10. Cal's offense was sparked by David Cooper, who was 3 for
4 with two home runs. We ended up losing 8-0 and started the weekend off the
wrong way. We had to put this game behind us quick, because Saturday we were
playing a very good Indiana State team.
Saturday's game off just the way we wanted to. We got out to a quick lead after
Anthony Gallas hit his second home of the year in the top of the second. Andrew
Davis hit a two-run double in the third to give us a 3-0 lead. We added one more
run in the sixth, and that would be all Kyle Smith would need. Smith pitched six
innings, not allowing a run or a hit. Reid Lamport came in and pitched the last
three innings. Indiana State did not have a hit until the eighth inning when
they laid a bunt down the third-base line with two strikes.
We were all sort
of bummed about losing the no-hitter, but getting the win was more important. We
were now 1-1 on the weekend, and Louisville was the only thing that stood in our
way of winning the weekend.
Sunday's game was very intense and full of excitement. We jumped out to an early
2-0 start. But Louisville answered back quickly with a run in the third. Both
teams were shut out until the bottom of the ninth. Louisville had a man on
second with two out. Closer Ryan Davis fielded a ground ball that was chopped
down the third-base line. He fired it to first but it was not in time.
Meanwhile, the runner on second continued to run home. I threw the ball home but
as the runner was diving home he knocked the ball out of our catcher's glove.
The Cardinals tied the game up and we were headed to extra innings.
That play could
have put us away, but we battled and scored two runs, and we won the game 4-2.
This was the type of game that really could change our season. We fought hard
and played well against a very good team. We didn't have to time to celebrate
too much though, we are traveling to Southern Mississippi next weekend to face
another very good team.
Hitting a Rough Spot (3/8/07)
A Wild Weekend in The Swamp (3/1/07)
Left in the Wake (2/20/07)
(photo courtesy of Kent State Media Relations Office)