bleedCrimson.net: A good win for the team last night against UNM. It's always good to get a rivalry win and you've had some success against them recently winning six of seven and nine of the past 13.
Rocky Ward: We're winning some important games. We're just not winning some of the ones we need. The game last night was good. It was good to see the ball leave the stadium. It was good to beat the Lobos. It was good to do it with power through the home run. That's been a long-running tradition. We've out-homered them pretty consistently in our contests. To get some quality pitching down the stretch and pitch around some challenges, it was just a good character-building game.
Quinnton Mack was out, my starting left fielder, so Brandon Cooper gets his first start as an Aggie in left and had really a plus-plus play in the first or second. Guys that hadn't been full-time starters, Joe Koerper hadn't gotten a lot of playing time lately got a start at first, Derek Umphres was out with a wrist injury. It wasn't my standard lineup that we'd been using and we kind of attacked them. Sometimes in baseball you can have game plans and sometimes you can't. We started Alex Foulon, he hadn't started since Blackstone had been back and he played well, had a key base hit early in the game. We started those three right-handed hitters with the idea that we had Blackston, Paulson and Haskins available as left-handers when they went to right-handed pitchers. The game plan kind of came together. It was overall a good win.
We used Omseth who had a little bit of a short outing this weekend. He came in and got some outs for us and when he got in trouble we had a chance to get Ryan Beck back to the mound after he had a real bad outing in his last out against Bakersfield. It's good to get a guy back on the horse, especially a guy like that who took a pretty good licking that had been one of the leaders on the ball club. He came in and got us out of a nobody out bases loaded jam. We got a good close out of Evan Mott and Bradley. Bradley has become pretty comfortable in the closing role. We scored the four in the bottom of the eighth that made it a non-save situation but that's still the New Mexico game. Not that long ago they scored six or seven late to beat us and we've done the same thing to them. There's some long running history of some crazy games between us. A five-run lead in the ninth to me is a close and emotionally it was a close. Just because it didn't count as a save doesn't mean it doesn't feel like it. Continue Reading This Post >>