bleedCrimson.net: Obviously not surprised by this team’s ability to bounce back from adversity, they’ve done it all year. Maybe the most impressive thing about today’s win and a bit of a good sign was that this is maybe the first time this season that the bats, the pitching and the defense have all shown up at the same game.
Rocky Ward: That’s true. We turned two big plays in the game that were at key times. Conard was very good. He located well. He didn’t have great stuff, he was hampered by the ankle. He only went 70-something pitches and went out in the sixth with 66 pitches and got in a little bit of trouble and I went out just to give him a little bit of a breather and asked him how he was doing and he said, “I’m about done.” I’m going, “Well, get me a double play because I’ve gotta get [Riley] Barr ready and he’s not ready yet.” He says, “Okay coach.” He goes out and gets a fly ball to the outfield and I go out and take him out, “You promised me a double play.” He goes, “I know but I got an out didn’t I?” It was pretty funny.
The kid did a nice job and Barr came in and gave up a rocket to center for the third out. They hit a lot of balls hard. We had a pretty good baseball luck day. When Freeman came in he had two hard hit balls per inning almost. In the last inning he had three strikeouts but he gave up some balls that were hit pretty hard. But he did what you’re supposed to do when you’re up 7-1, go throw strikes, don’t walk anyone and make them earn it and he did a nice job. It was a good day.
The problem is in the tournament is we can’t have a crushing defeat followed by another victory so we’ve got to figure out how to do this back-to-back. The only disappointment I have is I wanted to be Utah Valley. I wanted to be the team that went out and lined up Sam Street and beat him which is what they just did 9-2. I thought we had the same capability to do what Utah Valley just did but that’s okay. We live to play another day and the good thing about it is as hard as it is to go the nighttime and then the morning game is now we have some time off. We’ve been kind of hanging out at the hotel feeling good and I’m going to go out and watch the Sacramento game for a little bit and kind of enjoy the evening and then get up and do the same thing tomorrow. Of course it’s one of those deals where you have to win two to get back into the mix. But that’s okay. That’s kind of the deal. It’s survival mode and the last few tournaments we haven’t been able to win the second game so this is kind of new territory. You’re coming off of a win and I’ve always felt like from watching tournament, we did it a couple times in my times at Oklahoma State where we lost early and came through the loser’s bracket playing teams that were coming off of defeats while we were winning. So you kind of build your won miniature winning streak while you’re taking teams off of loses. It’s a unique thing if you can kind of maintain it and get back to a final, you’ve got a lot of momentum. It’s a matter of whether you have enough pitching left. We’re a little bit short there. We’ll have to continue to have good offensive games, play good defense and maybe pitch into a little bit of good luck and have another day like today where we only walk two. You make the opponent earn it. Continue Reading This Post >>