bleedCrimson.net: Your overall thoughts on the weekend series against UT-Arlington?
Rocky Ward: Overall Arlington had put themselves in a pretty good position, a game back of Bakersfield coming in so one of the teams that had played themselves up to the top of the league. They had also predominantly played the bottom of the league where we had predominantly played the top of the league and that's kind of what it more disappointing than anything.
We had one of those games on Friday where Adam didn't throw poorly, it was one of those pure bad baseball luck days. We didn't play great but they didn't play great. We left for a week and our field got hard as a rock and we didn't do a good job of prepping it before the game and all of the sudden they get four balls that hit the hardpan in front of the plate and bounce over the infielders' heads including a key one with their four-hole to the plate with the bases loaded and one out and what would have been just a normal ground ball to the shortstop double play ended up bouncing over my shortstop's head and leads to a couple runs and runs to a three or four run inning. It was kind of a back breaker. Then again you play on the same field but it benefitted their style. We came in with 40 home runs and they came in with 12 or 13. We're more of a line-drive power type ball club and they come out and get the ball put in play and a hard fast surface benefits that type of ball club.
Their guy was pretty good. The guy was tough to deal with. Mid to upper 80's, guy had a funny arm action and really didn't have very good stuff in the first three innings, I was disappointed with what we did with him in those first three innings but then all of the sudden he started throwing a pretty dominant cutter for three or four innings and he got to pitch on the top side because we gave up some big runs. It was one of those games that you're irritated by. It was a bad luck game. We didn't play great and they beat us 9-4 in what looks like they handled us but they just seemed to get a lot more of the baseball breaks than we did. Continue Reading This Post >>