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 9, 2008
Savoring the Moniker "Giant Killer"


The digital clock on the bottom right of my computer screen reads 1:45. I sit here in a row of computers in the library at UNF and have given up on all notions of meaningful sleep tonight. Apparently sleep is only for regular students. By no means am I the only one here, but these people have the option of taking a nap after class tomorrow, whereas I, along with my teammates, will try to catch some z’s on a bumpy bus ride to Gainesville.


This has become my life, and I’m sure it has become the life of thousands of other ballplayers across the nation. Forget practices – maybe if you’re lucky and have a home series on the weekend you can squeeze some BP in on Thursday, but more than likely that day will be spent on the road or in an airport.


But enough of the sob story because getting out on the mound and playing ball more than makes up for my slipping grades, at least in my mind.


As for my team, the “Giant Killer” label has stuck, and we continue to build that reputation. Last Wednesday, we beat 13th-ranked UF (That’s the Gators for all you non-Floridians) in an 11-10, 10-inning marathon. A win that, yours truly, “snaked” out of the pen (ask a pitcher what that means). That also happened to be our fourth win over a ranked opponent this year, and with Florida State, Miami and North Carolina on the horizon, it’s not our last chance to add to that win total.


Tonight, however, we couldn’t pull off another win and dropped the game against Florida 5-3, forcing a rubber match tomorrow. The weekend series between these two jaunts with the Gators was successful, taking two out of three from Campbell. One thing I have noticed with these big midweek games is the fact that it is extremely hard to maintain the excitement, momentum – what ever you want to call it – through the weekend. When you have a three-game series with a school like UF sandwiching a conference series, it is very easy to let off the gas pedal and get trapped.


I read somewhere that we (the Ospreys) have a Top-25 non-conference schedule, and it doesn’t surprise me. I feel like every single midweek game is a battle, due to the fact that there are so many good teams in Florida to play. I don’t know if there is another state in the country that has as many options of good to great teams to play out of conference. Maybe I’m biased though.


Back in reality and the world of academia, the class work is piling up, and the light at the end of the tunnel is blocked by finals and research papers. Sleep, meanwhile, will have to wait for smooth pavement on a seven-hour bus ride.


Ty Pryor