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.
April 15, 2007
Snowy Easter Weekend
This weekend, we hosted Northern Illinois University. They were 5-1 in league
play, which was good enough for first place. The Huskies were leading the league
in batting average and stolen bases. They are a very good team, and we had to be
ready to play our best baseball.
Friday games have seemed to be a struggle for us. We have yet to win a Friday
game in the last two weeks. This Friday was no different. Our starting pitcher
(Evan Smith) once again pitched a great game, but our offense could not provide
him with any runs. Not only did we lose the game, but we also were on a
four-game slide, and things were not looking good.
I woke up Saturday morning to snow flurries and a temperature of 32 degrees. I
thought for sure that our game would be canceled. Well to my surprise, and I
think the other team’s surprise, we started the game. We played one inning of
baseball before a large amount of snow fell from the sky and covered our field.
The game was suspended and would start up again at noon on Easter Sunday.
On Sunday, we were slated to play a doubleheader. It was in the high 20s, with
wind and snow flurries. This was not my idea of baseball weather. But we played
through it. The first game of the doubleheader, we lost 11-9. We had the lead
late but we had one bad inning that allowed them to come back on us. It seems
that we have had one bad inning in each of our last five games that eventually
has cost us the win.
After the game we went inside to our clubhouse to get warm and get something to
eat. We were all really down about the game, but Coach Stricklin came in and
told us to put the game behind us and get ready to play the final game of the
series. We started the second game around 3, by this time the temperature had
dropped and the wind had picked up, the day was not getting any better. But we
jumped out to an early lead and kept scoring the whole game. It turned out to be
one of our most complete games of the year. We finally pitched well, hit well
and played good defense all in the same game. The final score was 7-2; we ended
the miserable weekend on the right note.
This coming weekend, we are gong to Ball State. It is going to be a big series
for us, not only to get back in the race in the MAC , but because they beat us
on our home field in the MAC championship game.
Tough Road Conference Series (4/9/07)
Working for the Split (4/3/07)
Season-Changing Weekend (3/22/07)
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)