Hello college baseball fans ! This has been a winter to remember. In my thirteen years as member of college baseabll circle (player/coach) I have never been able to participate in a game or practice outside the cozy confines of a gymnasium. I know many of you will read that and shrug your shoulders asking yourself “What is the big deal?” I am pretty sure all of you have not coached in Pittsburgh!
Over the past two weeks, we had the honor of playing traditionally one of the top teams in NCAA Diviion II California University of PA (currently 3rd the Division II Atlantic region poll), holding 2 outdoor practices, and playing a 9 inning intrasquad. In my six years as a head coach we have never been this prepared to go to Florida.
The Cal game was one of the best experiences I have had as a head coach. First of all we had an opportunity to play a great opponent, in mid February, in a great facility (Consol Energy Park). We unfortunately lost the contest 9-1, but we played pretty well with it being our first time outside. Here is a full release to the game: http://www.psugaathletics.com/sports/bsb/2011-12/releases/20120220cqto9h
Our program departs for Vero Beach, FL on Friday with some great news. For a second consecutive year, we were picked to win our conference by all of the head coaches. I can’t stress enough to our young men that championships are not won in February, but who is playing the best baseball in early May.
That is it from me, I will try to get something out while we are in the sun !