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CBD Journal with Mike Le Bel (March 2nd)

Hello again,

Last weekend the Rams went 3-0, a great turn around after a tough start against William and Mary. It wasn’t always pretty, but at the end of the day when we looked up at the scoreboard, we were on top.

Our bats woke up a little bit against Charleston and Xavier, led by senior Jeff Cammans, spraying balls all over the field. On Sunday, we entered the 7th inning against UConn without a hit, however we had a one run lead. Greg Annarumo then came up with a big knock late in the game to give us a two run cushion. Greg’s biggest contribution of the weekend was his defense, he played fearlessly and made some outstanding plays at crucial points in the game.

Once again, last weekend our pitching was phenomenal. All three starters did a great job and the bullpen came in to shut the door. Brendan Doonan and Joe Landi, a couple of two-way guys, did a good job getting their feet wet on the mound. Sophomore Nick Naradowy also came through in a big spot late in the game to secure the victory against UConn. Our Sunday guy and senior co-captain, Anthony Pisani went six scoreless giving up just three singles to earn his second victory in as many starts as well as A-10 Pitcher of the Week Honors.

To me though, the biggest story of the weekend was Timmy Caputo, a freshman from Long Island, NY who stepped in to play SS in the second and third games. Tim did an outstanding job, he emerged as a leader and played outstanding defense as well as coming up with a big knock against Xavier. I couldn’t have been more proud of a freshman, being thrown into the fire and having the capability to slow the game down and just go out and play. My teammates and I, as well as anyone else in attendance, had a blast watching him play.

Putting that all behind us, we have quite the task this weekend, with a three game set against Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. Last night, we got a chance to work out on their field, and we were more than happy to put the tarp on afterwards. I have to say, I was halfway expecting the tarp to end up somewhere up in the stands by the time we were done with it – we have a turf field which doesn’t need one, so its not exactly an activity we’ve mastered (want proof? watch here). Needless to say, the guys found a way to get it done.

I think that is going to be the theme for our ball club this year… Just find a way to get it done.

Until Next Time,

Mike Le Bel

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