bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on a really weird weekend of baseball with Hawai'i?
Rocky Ward: We've played some crazy stupid baseball for a long time and that was nuts. It was one of those, you'd have to call it a manic depressive weekend. Two big wins and two big losses. It was crazy. The good thing about it was that we went out and won the first game. I didn't expect a split in the doubleheader and yet we still got it. We got alter ego games, win 15-4 and lose 14-4. The [Matt] Sisto kid for them, he did not pitch well, he's their number one guy. We got rolling and they couldn't stop us and then they had to do what you've always gotta do and that's go downline pitching. Once you've got the lead you can't put the rest of the series in jeopardy. Then in game two, Dan Reid didn't pitch well. Neither one of our number ones pitched up to what their numbers were, they both had pretty average stuff and both offense got after it. Hawaii's offense is pretty good, they've got some people that can hit. Obviously their numbers are always held down by the type of offensive ballpark that they play in and for all intents and purposes because of the style that they play. They got after it and handled us pretty good and ended up in the same type of deal where we had to go downline pitching. In that game [Tim] Torsney gave us the best pitching numbers on the weekend in those 4.2 that he ended up pitching. He only gave up one earned run I believe. The game was so far out of reach that we just couldn't do much with it.
Saturday and Sunday were just crazy. Saturday we have a 13-run inning which was very much like the 15-run inning we put up against San Jose. We were trailing and then all of the sudden the wheels fall off. Then voila they turn around and do the same thing to us the next day. It was a little different because they had a pretty significant lead at the time when they got their 15 runs.
The end result of it was that we survived our conference schedule. Obviously our conference numbers were very good but when you get swept on the road twice they can't be real good. When you look at it, 9-15, had we just won game in each of those series we'd have gone to 11-13 and been right in the mix and that's kind of the way this league is, always has been. I don't think anybody expected that Louisiana Tech would play to the 3-seed. I knew it was possible but it was in the back of my mind, pretty far back there because I really expected San Jose would win three out of four at home, they didn't, certainly didn't expect them to get beat at home three out of four. It's just the crazy WAC, the wacky WAC. Continue Reading This Post >>