As the regular season comes to a close this weekend, we wrap up our schedule in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs. It’s a big weekend for us because we are currently tied with South Carolina and Florida (20-7 conference record) atop the SEC standings with 3 games to play. All we can control are our games against Georgia, but any help from Kentucky (vs. Florida) or Alabama (vs. South Carolina) would be appreciated.
When we go on the road for a weekend series, we follow the same routine. We leave in the morning on the day before we play, stop for lunch, and then arrive at our hotel sometime in the afternoon. Different guys do different things on the bus—some people play card games like spades and hearts, whereas others watch movies on their iPads and laptops. Some guys sleep, some listen to their iPods, and some guys write their weekly blogs for College Baseball Daily. It just depends.
After we unpack our stuff, we grab another bite to eat and head to the field for practice. Practicing at the opponent’s field allows us to “survey the field” and see the dimensions of the field, the length of the grass, how certain hops play, and things like that. We usually practice for 2 ½-3 hours, then head back to the hotel and call it a night.
On game days, we meet in the morning in the lobby or a meeting room in our hotel to go over the scouting report for our opponents. We usually watch some film on the starting pitcher, too. Our coaches give us enough information to make us feel comfortable against the other team even though we haven’t played them yet, but they also keep it simple so we won’t overthink anything.
Since the SEC Tournament is next week, our usual Friday-Sunday series shifts to Thursday-Saturday. Our game tomorrow night is actually on the SEC National Game of the Week on ESPNU so you’ll have to check us out. After our three games, we’ll get back to Nashville Saturday night, and then have a quick turnaround before we leave for Hoover, Alabama on Monday night for the tournament.
Until next week—Go ’Dores