Category Archives: 2011 CBD Journals

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CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (April 19th)

Hello everyone. Sorry I have been a little erratic with the blog but it has been a crazy time. It seems as if every other game we are getting rained out. We have played many games since then and are doing a good job of staying in close ball games. Currently we are 19-11 and we sit in third place in the CACC at 9-5 with 6 games coming up in the next two weeks. This stretch is what we have been waiting for as many teams in our league are making their playoff push. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (April 12th)

Last week was another strong one for us, as we defeated Middle Tennessee State in the midweek, 9-1, and won all three games against Alabama. Curt Casali, the SEC Player of the Week, was 6-14 with a home run and 10 runs batted in during those four games. Anthony Gomez continued his hit streak this week, pushing the total to 28 games and counting. Tony Kemp made the catch of the year in college baseball on Sunday. Down 10-6 in the top of the 8th inning, Alabama was rallying and had the bases loaded with two outs. The next ball was lined down the left field line, and Tony dove/jumped/flew in the air as he landed on the warning track with the ball in his glove. It was definitely Web Gem/Sportscenter Top 10 worthy, but the camera angle didn’t help his case. (VIDEO LINK).  Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Western Illinois (April 12th)

At some point in the season, a team needs to become consistent in all phases of the game if they are going to have success. To this point our starting pitching has been pretty solid but we can’t win on starting pitching alone. At some point we are going to need a consistent effort from our bullpen to back up the effort we are getting each weekend from guys like Russell and Sterling. In the first few weeks of the season we were waiting on our bats to heat up so we could really start rollin’ as a team, well we have been hitting the heck out of the ball lately. Tommy Lilja has been big for us all season and continued his success with two homeruns on Sunday (one hit the top of the left field trees). Matt Igara was named Summit League player of the month after leading the league in hits and doubles and John Koszulinki is on a tear these past few months. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (April 5th)

After starting the week with a 10-3 victory over UT-Martin, we packed the charter bus on Thursday and headed to The Plains of Auburn, Alabama for a three-game series. Each of the games was close until the later innings, when we were able to string together some clutch hitting to distance ourselves from the Tigers and win all three games. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Western Illinois (April 5th)

I thought last weekend’s series against Bradley was a disappointment. We got another solid pitching performance from Dan Russell on Friday night which we let go to waste because we couldn’t find a way to put runs on the board. Saturday, Zach Sterling went out and dealt and got us the win. Sunday was probably our worst game of the year. It’s hard to win when you give teams 5 outs an inning, walk batters, and don’t capitalize at the plate with runners in scoring position. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (March 30th)

After starting the week with an 11-2 victory over Tennessee Tech, we traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas for our conference series with the Razorbacks. We finished on the wrong end of a pitcher’s duel Friday night, as Arkansas scored two runs in the eighth inning to win 2-1. Yet we were able to come back and take the series, winning Saturday 4-1 and 2-1 on Sunday. Saturday’s victory came after eight strong innings on the bump by Grayson Garvin. Garv allowed one run on two hits and two walks, and struck out six batters. On Sunday, starter Taylor Hill combined with four relievers to help us clinch the series. One of the two runs Sunday came courtesy of Aaron Westlake’s fourth home run of the season, and I’m pretty sure if the Arkansas scoreboard hadn’t stopped it someone would have found it in Oklahoma. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (March 29th)

Consistency. It is a word that every coach uses on a daily basis. Consistency in your swing, mechanics on the mound, weight room, and in the classroom. It is much easier coaching and working with a known product then trying to deal with the unknown. Our players have done a great job at working at being consistent in their work on and off the diamond. It seems as if we can’t get into a consistent swing with Mother Nature. It feels like every week I stare at my computer, start thinking about the week that has gone by and write about some of the things that have gone on, seems easy enough. Not an easy task when you cannot get onto a field because of rain or in my case I had to cancel our conference doubleheader with Bloomfield because of snow! Snow in late March is not what you plan on as a baseball coach. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Western Illinois (March 29th)

Victories seem to be few and far between for the Leathernecks as we come closer and closer to the opening conference series against South Dakota State. For the most part, it seems like we have been shooting ourselves in the foot. Errors, walks, and giving away free bases have plagued us all season. Offensively, poor situational hitting like failing to get a man in from third with less than two outs has also hurt us. Our pitchers have been working hard, and we have wasted quality starts from both Zach Sterling and Dan Russell. We all know that we can play better than this, and we have had a few bright spots this season. It is time to turn the corner and get this season back on the right track. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (March 22nd)

We were pretty successful this week, finishing the week 3-1 with a victory over Purdue and two over Mississippi State. Even though we won the first two games of the series against Mississippi State, they battled back and beat us 9-8 on Sunday. For the first three games of the week, our pitching was dominant and threw shutouts in each game. Kevin Ziomek began the streak with his start against Purdue, and it continued through Sonny Gray’s start Friday and Grayson Garvin’s on Saturday. Tony Kemp and Anthony Gomez, the two hitters atop our lineup, led us offensively this week. Kemp pushed his hitting streak to five games, whereas Gomez’s streak is at 16 and counting. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (March 22nd)

Welcome back everyone. It is great to be home in the Northeast getting ready for some cold conference baseball. The short sleeves are a distance memory of what we have been dealing with for the past week and a long time to come. Our field has not been ready for us to get on our field so we have been back to our old tricks of gym practices, BP, and our team lifts. Such is the life of Northeastern teams. Continue reading