bleedCrimson.net: You get Utah Valley on Wednesday, you catch a little bit of a break in that you play at 7:00 instead of the first game of the tournament at 3:00 in the heat of the day.
Rocky Ward: And that’s something we seem to have been drawing forever. Even when we were the two seed a couple years ago, we got the afternoon game. It’s a good draw. It’s an evening game, even though the weather isn’t going to be bad. It’s in the mid to upper-80s so we’re not dealing with the 100-degree heat and so it’s not going to be much different than what we’ve been dealing with at home.
The draw is good. Two reasons why. One we assume Bradley is going to be healthy and ready to go. He had a back issue that we had to skip him for the weekend. He got an injection in his back and he’s feeling a lot better. I was really worried about the fact that he just went on a six and a half hour bus ride. That’s not good for guy’s backs, anybody, healthy people’s backs. But when we stopped to eat about halfway he was feeling good. Hopefully that’ll hold out and he’ll be able to go on Wednesday and I think that Utah Valley has a weakness against left-handers. Their best players are their three, four and five-hole hitters and their three and five-hole hitters are switch hitters and they’re better left-handed hitters. Bradley had them no-hit through five in the Friday game and actually pitched well. It was a 1-0 game in the seventh and they scored three in the eighth and four in the ninth to beat us 8-1. It was a well-played baseball game. Riley Barr came in and made a mistake to their four-hole guy and he hit a two-run home run and then gave up another solo home run. He didn’t really pitch bad, it’s a Friday game and we threw the wrong pitch to the wrong guy before we knew it was the wrong pitch to the wrong guy. So, I think the matchup is good. Continue Reading This Post >>