Mike Le Bel has been doing a great job keeping you all informed on what has been going on in Rhody Baseball Nation. However, last week he had surgery on his left shoulder and is currently tied up in a sling and unable to type… so he has asked me (Liam O’Sullivan) to fill in for him. I have some big shoes to fill because I know he has some true followers but hopefully you all will bear with me this week.
Mike is not one to talk about himself, so I will. Since his injury, in our first game against Vanderbilt, he has been chomping at the bit to get back on the field. As one of the leaders of our club, we all look up to him and, although he has not been on the field, he still finds a way to provide us with the leadership this ball club needs. When you see a guy with so much passion for his team, you want to fight for him. That is what we have been doing the past few weeks. Fighting. Fighting for all of our teammates who are unable to play right now. Mike, Anthony Pisani, (another senior captain) Rob Curran (a junior) and of course our guardian angel Joey Ciancola. I think this is where all of our good baseball has been coming from.
Mike’s last post came after a great series win against Charlotte. Since then, we have had two more series wins. We took two at Saint Joseph’s before coming home to take two more from George Washington, improving our conference record to 6-3. As a team, we have been playing pretty well but as Coach Foster says “our best baseball is ahead of us” which is not only true but also very exciting.
Speaking of Coach Foster, he recently picked up his 200th win during our mid-week game against Northeastern – congratulations Coach!
Big shout outs go to Jeff Roy – who received National Player of the Week recognition after our series with St. Joe’s, Jeff Cammans – who has been solid all year has continued to produce for us in the middle of the lineup and in the field, and Sean Furney – who has gone 3-0 in his last starts with 13 strikeouts in our win against George Washington.
On Tuesday, we played at Quinnipiac and won 8-6. This was not just another mid-week game, however. Joey’s family is from Connecticut and they were at the game supporting us as they always do. After the game we went back to Joey’s aunt and uncle’s house for an amazing barbeque. The Ciancola’s have become such a huge part of our URI baseball family. Being together with them gives us a strength that you cannot put into words.
This weekend we are headed to St. Bonaventure in New York, where we hope to continue our fight and take another conference series.
So for Mike I will say, “Until next time” and from me, thank you for following Rhody baseball.