Livingstone is a senior first baseman from Ft. Worth, Texas. He was voted to
the 2010 preseason all-Southland Conference second team. He batted .314 a season
ago with 12 doubles, five home runs and 34 RBI. Livingstone appeared in 49 games
with 39 starts. He walked 14 times and struck out 15 in 156 at-bats. Livingstone
was hit by seven pitches and posted an on-base percentage of .391. He was also 3
for 5 in stolen base attempts. Livingstone attended Kansas State and Navarro
Junior College before arriving in San Marcos. He is majoring in
for previous journal entries
Feb. 17, 2010
No Time for Kiddie Games, It’s
Valentine’s weekend: A
time to express your love to your significant other through flowers, chocolate
and a nice dinner, or just a weekend to be reminded again that you’re single.
Many players on the
team have girlfriends, and we spent a lot of time trying to think of the best
way to make Valentine’s Day special for them. Some guys took their girlfriends
to nice, extravagant restaurants, but not me. Bret Atwood and I decided to be
different, and we showed our girls what wonderful cooks we were. I made my
specialty, and Courtney, the GF, was amazed by my culinary skills.
Last Wednesday, Bret
Atwood celebrated his 21st birthday. I want to say Happy Birthday Bret; you’ve
waited a long time for this special birthday. You’re officially a man. A group
of friends took Bret to dinner, but unfortunately, I had a night class and
missed out. Night class always interferes with my social life.
Last week in Fort
Worth, my hometown, they received a record 12 inches of snow. All we got in San
Marcos was one day of freezing rain. While my younger brother got to enjoy the
snowfall, miss school and go sledding … all I could do was look at pictures on
Facebook. Even though missing that seemed to be a downer, the weather in San
Marcos was perfect for baseball. We had clear, sunny skies and the pale, bare
arms of players who decided to workout in short sleeves came out for the first
time this spring.
great weather allowed for some intense, productive practices. We were able to
scrimmage Friday through Sunday, and it was great for the hitters to take
at-bats in consecutive days. We could actually feel our hands when we made
contact, so this was a huge stride. Daniel Neumann (freshman) and Shaun Garcia
(senior) both hit the cover off the ball this weekend and were consistently on
base. Now, we just need them to save some hits for the season.
Enough with the
hitters, I need to give some love to the pitchers. Carson Smith, a JUCO
transfer, has been dominating on the mound. He has a fast-paced pitching style
and is getting better and better each time he takes the mound. I can see him in
our weekend rotation easily. We do have the 15th-toughest non-conference
schedule in the nation. Whichever role the coaches choose for Carson, we’ll have
a great chance to win with him on the bump.
As I mentioned in my
last journal entry, this will be my first year to play first base. As a convert,
I’m still getting comfortable with the new position, but I was able to do some
work with former Bobcat great and current Arizona Diamondback, Paul Goldschmidt.
Paul was nice enough to take a break from his fiancé and teach me a few things,
and now I’m feeling more comfortable and ready to start the season.
Well, it is finally
here baby, Game Week! In less than four days we will be traveling down to
Houston to play the University of Houston. We are very excited and hoping for
some good weather to start off the season. We have been training all year and we
are ready to get this year started. We have a few more practices this week and
we will be trying to get better every day. As Coach Harrington told us
yesterday, “It’s time to take the kiddie games out of your back pocket, it’s
Eat ‘Em Up Cats!
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