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Complacency at the Bird Cage

If you look at the end result of our weekend series against Wagner College, you will see LIU won two games and a split for the series. That is not good enough in our minds to get to the NEC Conference Tournament at the end of May.

Our players believe they missed on an opportunity to win a series this past weekend. At the end of the day, a split is not the worst thing in the world, however winning a series 3 games to 1 gives you the tie breaker with a team. In Conference play, tie breaker advantages are huge. The good thing about this year’s team is, they were not happy with a split, they wanted the win.

Matt McCormick and Brad Reimer did a great job of keeping us in the two games we won (both in walk off fashion). Those are the types of efforts we need from our starters week in, week out. McCormick gave us a complete game with 3 ER in a 5-4 win and Brad Reimer after giving up a leadoff home run, got 23 outs without allowing another run. Brad went a total of 7 2/3 and only allowed 4 hits and 1 run. Our closer Evan Zerff picked up the win in relief.

Tuesday we play a very good Manhattan College team in non conference play, then it’s on the road to FDU this weekend for a four game series in NEC Play.

This week of practice for us is important, we need to fix what went wrong this past weekend and get back to playing solid baseball. FDU on paper may look like a struggling team but they are a dangerous offensive club and have played alot of tight ball games. It won’t be an easy series and our guys are looking forward to the challenge of getting on the road again and being tested.

I have a quote at my desk, it reads; “Do not let complacency settle in, it ruins greatness.” That is our goal for this week, shed the complacency that settled in this past weekend. Our coaching staff knows our club and we believe they will bounce right back.