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2013 CBD Journal with Rhode Island’s Mike Le Bel (April 8th)

lebel_journalsHello Everyone,

Sunday. It’s the most important day of the week. Unfortunately, in our conference-opening weekend last week, we were not able to execute on Sunday. That Dayton series was tough on us as a team as we didn’t play how we expected to and the results reflected that. The beauty of baseball however, at least most of the time, is that there is always another game right around the corner.

Yesterday, in a rubber match against conference rival UMass, our senior right-hander from Greater Boston Bobby Dean took the mound and gave us the start that we needed. This game actually marked Deano’s first weekend start since his freshman year (2008) at Vermont.

Bobby has been a catalyst in our bullpen this year, assuming any role he has been asked to fill and we were pumped to play behind him yesterday. Freshman Steve Moyers then complimented Deano’s start with four innings of relief as we were able to hold on for the win.

One thing is for sure, we have to get better in all aspects of the game if we want to accomplish what we set out to do this season. The beauty of it, is there’s still half of the season left to prove what we can do. Our guys are going to stay confident and humble at the same time, while working every day to get this team to where it needs to be.

I know that I’ve talked about this a lot in the past here on this blog, but I feel the need to bring it up again… College baseball has presented me with the opportunity to build lasting relationships with so many fellow players and coaches. This past weekend, my roommates and I were lucky to enjoy the company of former UMass pitchers Leif Sorenson and Benny Hart. It was an honor to be in the presence of two stand up guys and great baseball players. If only Glen Misho – another former UMass right-hander – was here to share some memories with us. Enjoy the weather out in Cali, Mish – keep doing your thing.

Until Next Time,

Mike Le Bel