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This Game is Hard

I first want to apologize for the lack of postings the past couple of weeks… the grind of the season sometimes saps my energy, as well as a hectic travel schedule. Our season has been a bit of a roller coaster and right now we are on a down swing. The way the game humbles you is what makes baseball so unique and different than the other major sports. The game has a way of breaking you down before it lets you build back up.

Before we started the UC San Diego and Chico State back to back road trips, we were nationally ranked for this first time and excited to hit the road and prove our worth against the traditional powers in our conference. By all accounts, we held our own. We lost a very tough series against UCSD but believed a couple of the games were there for the taking. The Chico State series got pushed back into early last week because of the rain. We jumped out 2 games to 0 and was up 3-0 in the 3rd inning of Game 3. We were thinking in our minds that we might have a chance to sweep the road series, then 1 bad inning happened and we dropped the next two games. Splitting on the road with Chico is still a desirable result, so we felt good about our position in the standings and our upcoming schedule.

With only two days before our series with CSU Stanislaus, the short week proved to be an issue for our tired team. We played the worst baseball of the past two years and was swept by a red-hot Stanislaus squad that thoroughly outplayed us. On Monday of last week we were in the middle of Game 3 against Chico thinking about a sweep and how we were going to take control of our standings in conference, and then on Sunday we are licking our wounds and wondering what happened to that team. The past 6 days have proven the fragility of life in our rugged conference and you have to prepare and play your best baseball everyday to have a chance.

We still believe in our players and we are in this for the long haul. We need to refocus, reenergize, prepare better, and become a tougher group. We will do those things. The game of baseball has given us a punch to the gut, but we are confident our guys are ready to get back up and fight back. We play an upstart Cal State East Bay squad that will prove to be a challenge. If we take care of business and play the baseball we are capable of, we hope to find ourselves right back in the mix at this time next week.