bleedCrimson.net: You won the Friday night game which has been elusive this season and that was a game that seemed like your players got all their frustrations out in one game.
Rocky Ward: For the first time this year we got momentum and kept it. We trailed that game 2-0 in the second and some of the same feelings start to creep back in because we’d played from behind so much. But we put together a five run third and a three run fourth up to take control of the game and then from that point forward, as is typical of Friday games, once you get behind 8-2 it’s almost impossible to use any pitching. They just tried to finish it out without wasting any arms. Unfortunately we’ve been on the other side of that so it was nice to take advantage of that.
bc.net: The Saturday game was 0-0 through the first five innings and then you were able to get control of the game and get the 7-4 victory.
RW: Yeah, their kid did a good job. I thought the Hammer kid was their best arm. I thought he had the best idea how to pitch. He was throwing what I thought looked like a splitter but what the guys were telling me is it looked like a slider. It had that type of action. I thought we did a pretty good job, we got him into a little bit of a pitch count and finally got the breakthrough in the sixth and got him out and got to their bullpen. The disappointment was once we got the two runs in the sixth we turned right around and gave them right back which we’ve done on several occasions this year. We’ve gotten the lead and then couldn’t pitch back to it. Then once again we were able to score back-to-back innings and put us up 5-2 and then we got the zeroes we needed. It was Riley Barr’s first win and so I was happy for him. They [UNC] actually swung the bats well. He gave up 12 hits in the game, only one of them was an extra base hit. But he pitched around stuff pretty well. The three walks in the game was okay. You try to stay at three or under in the game and we’ve had trouble with that this year. It was a well played game. They scored two in the bottom of the ninth on Trey coming in on a 7-2 game. He came in the game in the eighth and faced the winning run which made it a save situation. We scored two in the ninth to extend the lead and made it easier to win. They really battled at us. They competed very well with the bats. It was a good baseball game. It was one of those types of games you’d like to play a lot of. We got pretty good hitting, a 7-3, 7-4, I can go with that. If we average seven or eight runs a game and we’re giving up three or four. You’re going to win a lot of games with that formula. This type of baseball we’re pretty comfortable with traditionally. Continue Reading This Post >>