Saturday, May 24, 2014

Baseball Preview: Samford

Man, it seems like we play Samford a lot. Actually, four out of our last six games were against the Bulldogs. We split those four evenly with Samford, our pair of wins coming in the form of a regular-season concluding doubleheader sweep.

Looking at last night's victory again, I am still struck by two things: the success of our pitching staff, and the Terriers' never-give-up attitude when it seemed all hope was lost.

On the pitching side of things, the Terriers did seem to deplete their resources. Head coach Todd Interdonato had to say,
“We’re going to piece our pitching together as well as we can. We don’t ‘need to win two’ tomorrow, we have to win the first one to advance. That’s the only way we’re going to look at this. We have some resilient pitchers down there. We certainly flushed our bullpen, but we have four or five quality arms that we haven’t thrown yet. We’re just going to have to go to those guys. If those guys play well and execute, we’ll be fine. We’re just worried about the first inning tomorrow; we’re not worried about two games.”
This is exactly the right mindset to have going into this situation. First things first, we have to put together another strong performance and advance, inch by inch (or, in this case, inning by inning).

Interdonato also remarked,
"We’re not able to stay another night unless we play almost perfectly on the offensive side of the ball, which is what I thought we did.”
We may not be there yet, but make no mistake: pitch by pitch, inning by inning, we'll get there.

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