After a rough opening series against Samford we realize we have a lot of work to do in order to be the team we want to become in May. With a team loaded with newcomers this first series was a huge learning experience for us and I’m confident we will bounce back and play much better baseball this coming weekend when we head on the road to play Georgia State. Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois (Feb. 22nd)
Hey everyone, hope your week has started off well. We are only a few days from the season’s first pitch in (hopefully) sunny San Diego, California. We had three final scrimmages this weekend, and everyone is ready to finally face a different team on Friday. We play three games against the San Diego Toreros and one against the San Diego State Aztecs. We have a great opportunity to open our season against two very talented teams, and I’m sure all four games will come down to the end. Continue reading CBD Journal with Drew Fann (Feb. 15th)
Hello everyone ! Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day with that special someone in your life. Valentine’s Day is a great day to show that special someone how much you actually care about them, but it’s also the report date for pitchers and catchers. Now this is a great day. Like every other true baseball guy, we look forward until the first pitch of the season. A couple of DII schools have started up already while Division I schools start this week. Tons of changes to the college landscape will happen this year, from the bats that some schools use to a pitch clock. I cannot say that I am in favor of a pitch clock; that has always been one of the great things about the game of baseball that you cannot sit on the clock. I understand that you need to make the college game friendlier to the TV audience, but I don’t think a clock is the best thing we can do for the game. Continue reading CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (Feb. 15th)
We’re down to just four days until opening game for the 2011 Western Illinois Fighting Leatherneck baseball team. We finally hit the road and head to Birmingham to take on Samford University of the SoCon Conference. It will be nice to trade the winter coats and twelve inches of snow for sixty degrees and sunshine in Alabama.
Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois (Feb. 15th)
Hey everyone, hope you are having a good start to the week. I should have known that once I wrote about the great weather that I would jinx it. The weather in Nashville was cold, rainy, and gloomy all week. It is more difficult to workout when the weather is cold or wet because the baseball becomes slick and because the rain may affect our vision. However, we play in bad weather, so we workout in bad weather too. We have a saying that “it is always 70 (degrees) and sunny at Hawkins Field,” because if we have the right mindset, the weather will not affect us. Continue reading CBD Journal with Drew Fann (Feb. 8th)
Hello again from even more snow in Connecticut. It was unusually warm here for SuperBowl Sunday with the temperature getting into the 40’s.You have to be part meteorologist to be a baseball coach, with rain and teams traveling from far away you have to be able to predict what is going to happen a couple of hours before gametime. This is a skill I’m still trying to perfect, with snow in the forecast again this week the coaching staff has come to the realization that we are not going to practice on a real baseball field for another 16 days in Myrtle Beach; which by the way has temperatures in the 60’s. We’re excited for the weather but even more to get on the field and out of the gym. Continue reading CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (Feb. 8th)
T-minus 12 days until the Leatherneck baseball team begins the 2011 season. As the days draw near, you can feel the energy from the players and coaches increasing. I think it is safe to say, we are ready to get rid of the snowshoes and lace up the cleats. We have a very talented group of guys that have joined the team this year and are very excited to see what we can do on the field together. We had a great fall and really started to gel together both on and off the field. Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois (Feb. 8th)
Hey CBD readers, my name is Drew Fann and I am a senior catcher on the Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team. Just a little background about myself—I am a Human and Organizational Development major and Corporate Strategy minor, and am on track to graduate in May. I have lived my entire life in Tennessee, growing up in Murfreesboro and now residing in Nashville. Continue reading CBD Journal with Drew Fann (Vanderbilt) Feb. 1st
Hello from beneath 4 feet of snow in the Northeast and unfortunately a lot more snow in forecast in the coming days!
My name is Ray Ricker and I am in my fourth season as Associate Head Baseball Coach at Division II Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut. The Post University Eagles compete in the C.A.C.C. (Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference) which unlike many colleges in the country, we don’t have to worry about the new bats this year, because our conference only swings wood. Our guys really like swinging the wood, our pitchers love throwing to them, and the game is played the way it is supposed to be played with a crack of the bat and not a ping. Continue reading CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (Post University)
The 2011 Collegiate Baseball Season Is Upon Us!
The Western Illinois Leathernecks will be writing a weekly journal throughout this upcoming season to keep you updated on our successes on and off the field. Last year was a rough season to say the least. Losing a head coach to leukemia and a pitcher to a motorcycle accident in the same year would cause a rough season at any university. Without a head coach throughout the entire fall, the team struggled to find an identity. Even with the work we put in after Christmas break, the lack of a fall season showed on the diamond. This year will be a different story. Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois for Feb. 1st