Ty Pryor is a junior pitcher at North Florida. He was 5-4 as a
freshman at USF in 2005. Pryor was 1-1 as a sophomore at Tennessee in 2006 with
52 strikeouts in 38 innings. He sat out last season and served as a radio color
analyst for UNF home games. Pryor was taken by the Indians in the 26th round of
the 2006 draft and by the Angels in the 28th round of the 2007 draft. His
brother, Tucker, is also an Osprey.
April 1, 2008
The Sweet Taste of Victory
Our head coach has a saying about winning. “When
you win, everything is better; food tastes better, your
girlfriend looks better, practices are easier…” And so on and so
on. He’s right. After a rough patch where we had to fight hard
for any win, and the losses seemed to pile up (even falling a
game behind .500 at one point and being swept on the road
against a conference foe), we have won six of our last seven,
including two conference series, and two big wins over in-state
rivals; the University of South Florida, and 19th-ranked
University of Central Florida. Winning of any kind is enormous,
but actually playing a vital role in your team’s success make
the victories that much sweeter.
two in-state wins had a little extra to celebrate because on
Tuesday night I got to watch my brother, Tucker (also a pitcher
here at UNF) beat Central Florida at their place, Orlando, which
also happens to be our hometown, in front of a number of family
and friends as well as ex-high school and summer league
teammates on UCF’s roster. The following night we played an
extra-inning tilt against my former team, USF, in which I made
my first relief appearance of the year and picked up the win.
The win against UCF also made us 3-1 this year against
nationally-ranked opponents, and as a budding program, those
wins really help build a reputation.
I know it sounds a bit cheesy, but you couldn’t
imagine how happy my parents were after watching both their boys
get wins on back-to-back nights in college together.
Our team was quickly brought back down to Earth
following those two games this past weekend in Johnson City,
Tenn., where East Tennessee State beat us on Friday night in the
series opener. We had yet to win a series against ETSU since
joining the A-Sun conference and Coach Rhodes “succinctly”
reminded us of that fact that night in the post-game meeting.
However, what has been a reoccurring trait of this team
throughout the first half of the season – resiliency, and it
showed through on Saturday, where we swept the doubleheader and
in turn took the series 2-1. I also happened to pick up my first
save as an Osprey in the second game.
All this brings me back to the first point I made
earlier, about how everything is better when you win. We stopped
at a “questionable” all-you-can-eat establishment on the way
back that night, and while some of the guys complained about the
food, it tasted like filet mignon and lobster tail to me.