bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly in season interviews with Aggie head baseball coach Rocky Ward as the Aggies take aim at a conference championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003. This week in part one of our interview we talked with Coach Ward about the split with Nevada and his overall thoughts on where his team stands.
bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the Nevada series?
Rocky Ward: It was a good baseball series. Nevada's got a good quality offensive club, their numbers are better than what they show. They really played a tough early schedule in some venues and they've been hot of late. They scored a whole bunch of runs down at La. Tech to open the year to get three out of four which looks bigger now that Fresno walked in there and got swept in four. Then they swung the bat really well against Hawai'i. I think they had three double figure games. I thought it was pretty good. We split the weekend and if you go on the road in those two locations [Fresno and Reno] with the history and tradition that we've fought through throughout the years, you're satisfied with what we did. But at the same time we had a chance to win six or seven of them and they were all great baseball games. They weren't quite the level of intensity that we'd faced in Fresno for four games because the crowd and what Fresno had done a year ago. Nevada was a little different. First game we tied early and then it kind of got away from us. Then we did the same thing to them in game two. And then three and four were both pretty tight. We continue to get really great performances out of D.J. Simon, it seems like every time we need it, he gets it done. The Sunday game was a lot like game one against Fresno where we came from behind and scored a bunch late but then couldn't hold it. That was just baseball stuff. I didn't think our guys played poorly. There was only one play that was impacted by some stuff. We lost [Richard] Stout on Saturday to a pulled oblique muscle which is basically a ribcage pull so he wasn't available to us on Sunday. We had a fly ball that was foul that we couldn't get to and probably would have made the play if I'd had the personnel. It's one of those things, it's a foul ball we don't get to and then they hit the ball off the end of the bat to center to score a run. Then the next guy hits a home run and you're going, "Geez, if that play gets made, we probably win." Instead he got on base and the home run became the game winner.
Overall the weekend was fine. We competed extraordinarily well, it's still a very good road team. We've done well on the road, we're 10-4, 4-4 in league on the road. In this conference, historically if you're able to split your road games and win three of four at home it'll put you in the top two or three on a pretty consistent basis. And if you can find a way to win three of four or sweep somewhere then it puts you into the conference championship race and through 12 games we're a half game out and we can't complain too much. Continue Reading This Post >>